What Will the 2020-2021 Warriors look like With Andrew Wiggins?By Sophia Cook
As the dust settled for the 2019-2020 Trade Deadline, the Golden State Warriors were big movers and shakers. They traded away D’Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans, and Omari Spellman for Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins, a top-3 protected first-round pick in 2021, and a 2021 second-round pick. So, what does this mean for the mighty Warriors moving forward?
Even as great as the Warriors have been, losing Kevin Durant to injury and then a sign-and-trade was not ideal. Then, with Clay Thompson out for the 2019-2020 season and Curry out for most of the season as well, the Warriors front office knew they would drop a few pegs in the standings. Sure, they got D’Angelo Russell in return for Durant, but Russell was never going to be a system fit when the Splash Brothers returned.
With Andrew Wiggins averaging his best scoring average since the 2016-2017 season, he looks primed and ready to help Curry and Thompson whenever they return. Wiggins may not ever average over 20 points per game when the Splash Brother returns, but he will be a friendly third option for a team that still has a championship window. Also, Wiggins is averaging a career-high in rebounds (5.2) as well, which will help the “small-ball” look that the Warriors may continue to mimic like the Houston Rockets have gone all-in on this season.
Draft picks are aplenty for the Warriors as well. In 2020, they have a first-round pick (which easily will be a top-5 pick) and 3 second-round picks. That will give them some flexibility to add more young talent to a team that has Curry, Thompson, and Draymond Green all in their early 30s.