KEY POINTS

  • Wiggins showing he can defend the best players in the NBA
  • Warriors thriving with Wiggins so far
  • Wiggins gives added offense who can also be a prime star stopper

Andrew Wiggins is hoping to finally fit in with an NBA team and so far he has been blending in nicely with the Golden State Warriors. Initially, the top pick of the 2014 NBA Draft was seen as another offensive option. However, the 6-foot-7 swingman has so far been impressive on the defensive end.

Though his production remains the same and needed by the Dubs with top stars out, Wiggins showed everyone that he can be an effective stopper. Among the players he has defended well against were Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers. At the rate things are going, it appears head coach Steve Kerr could unearth Wiggins's true potential which speaks well for the Warriors moving forward.

Kerr did get some help figuring out how to play Wiggins. Former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau was in Golden State at the time of the trade and the two sat down to talk. It appears the champion coach got a lot of information about the 24-year-old Canadian, the most prominent of which is how to get the best out of him on defense. Check out this the video interview with Kerr on Twitter.

Back in 2015, it will be recalled that Wiggins was part of an experiment by former coach Sam Mitchell,  Fox Sports reported. Wiggins is best known for playing forward and transforming a 6-foot-7 player to a shooting guard seemed to make no sense. Wiggins' height was an asset but his speed was suspect. However, it appears the transformation forced the 2015 NBA Rookie of the Year to also make some changes, particularly when it comes to speed.

For now, Kerr could still try using Wiggins as a shooting guard although this would be a temporary arrangement. Things will change once Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are back in action. The good thing here is that Wiggins' ability to guard the best player of an opposing team will be a load off Curry or Thompson. On offense, he will still be playing small forward - giving Kerr added firepower.

The only thing that the Warriors may need to re-evaluate is Wiggins contract. He is only in the second year of the $147.7 million deal he signed with the T-Wolves last NBA season, numbers which could prevent the Dubs from getting additional quality players. Golden State will squeeze out the best in Wiggins and hopefully, the figures in his contract will be worth the investment.

Canada's Andrew Wiggins Canada's Andrew Wiggins leaps to the basket to score against Venezuela during their 2015 FIBA Americas Championship basketball game, at the Sport Palace in Mexico City September 3, 2015. Photo: REUTERS/Henry Romero