Wiggins’ return to the court seems far away.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked at a press conference before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on the 12th (Korean time) about the timing of the return of Andrew Wiggins, who has been absent for a long time due to personal reasons.
Kerr said: “I hope Wiggins is back this season. I don’t have anything new to say. We’re giving him some time. As we’ve said before, Wiggins is dealing with more important things than basketball right now.” .
This Milwaukee game was a game in which Wiggins missed 11 consecutive times. Wiggins’ most recent NBA game was on February 14 against the Washington Wizards. Wiggins is out for about a month.
Golden State is acutely aware of Wiggins’ void. They are 6-5 in 11 games without Wiggins. Wiggins’ gap is not only offensive, but it is especially felt in defense. It is no exaggeration to say that Wiggins, who is considered one of the best forward defenders in the NBA, is the core of Golden State’s defense along with Draymond Green. Wiggins’ vacancy is being filled by new recruits Donte DiVincenzo and Jamaikal Green and second-year prospect Jonathan Cuminga, but they are not enough. 안전놀이터
Wiggins’ void is also felt in attack. Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5 rebounds and 39 percent of his 3-pointers this season. Wiggins can score points with his individual skills when the attack is frustrating, and he can also help with court spacing because he has a high 3-point shot success rate. Wiggins is also a player who has melted into Golden State’s offensive system, which players say is difficult to understand. Both offensively and defensively, Wiggins was the heart of Golden State.
Golden State, which is currently in 6th place in the Western Conference with 35 wins and 33 losses, goes directly to the playoffs based on the current standings. In a short game like a playoff game, Wiggins’ void will be felt even more. Wiggins’ presence was absolute in Golden State, which won the NBA championship last season.