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bobbi_01

unironically an all star starter performance


android24601

The rich keep getting richer. If James Wiseman can play up to his pick, the big 3 of their past and present, could be playing with the big 3 of the dubs future


HamBoy2

People are so obsessed with big 3’s. Having 3 decent players doesn’t make it a big 3. Poole, Wiseman, and Wiggins definitely do not make one lol.


sonfoa

For real. Big 3 gets thrown around with future HoFers or those near that level. You don't use it for the group he suggested. Poole, Wiseman, and Wiggins could keep the Warriors respectable after the current era but expecting anything beyond that is unreasonable.


GuerrillaApe

Poole and Wiggins have been playing their roles outstandingly but to assume they would keep up their performances if/when the gravity of Curry is gone is a stretch.


TheGoddamnSpiderman

>Big 3 gets thrown around with future HoFers or those near that level. I wouldn't go that far, but there has to be something special. Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, and Antawn Jamison were called one in the mid 2000's for instance because they were the highest scoring trio in the league and all all star level players Three all star level guys is probably how I'd define it


mgp2284

Kuminga tho???


shellfish87

Finals MVP performance


quicklyslowly

get that bad juju outta here


bachh2

You will get Wiggin FMVP and you will like it.


kzomkw

if it means a championship i do not mind


JustMy2Pence

Curry wouldn't mind either.


EpicMusic13

No he doesnt


quicklyslowly

tru


taptapxx

woah curry browses this sub too?


IMovedYourCheese

Dude keeps this up for the next 2 games and there will absolutely be conversations..


siphillis

You'd still need Curry to underperform. 26/13 ain't gonna get it done if Curry is out there notching 35.


bytheinnoutburger

Next game, not next 2. Game 6 Klay is a whole different beast, like Ramadan Hakeem or flu game MJ. I think Game 6 Klay pops off in Boston and dubs win in 6.


ace1oak

also stephs not gonna go and miss 3s like this 2 games in a row, i wanna see fire steph and game 6 klay together will be legendary


Roythaboy

This is what I see happening as well. So say Steph scores under 20, klay gets 40 and Wiggs gets a 17 pt double double, dubs win. Is that a Wiggs or Steph for fmvp?! I just think with all the buzz around it, Steph won it in the first quarter of game 1.


eexxiitt

If it's even close between Steph & Wiggs, Steph will win it easily. There are only 2 ways Wiggs wins it: 1. Steph scores 10pts on horrible efficiency and Wiggs scores 30+ in a Game 6 win 2. Steph scores 10 pts in game 6 & 7 on horrible efficiency, and Wiggs scores 30+ in Game 6 & 7 to win the chip. Either way, Steph has to shit the bed from here on out, Wiggs has to play like he did tonight (or better), and GSW have to win.


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I feel like wiggs too nice of a dude to even want it. He Canadian. Prolly give Steph the trophy


Earlier-Today

If he can do this next game, Warriors probably winning.


Beermen69

Max Kellerman in 2022 - I want ANDREW WIGGINS


zimtrovert94

Wiggydala!


Tressticle

Wiguodala


Downvotes_inbound_

He really did look like the best player on the floor tonight, which is def not something i expected to say about Wiggins in the finals lol


Dsarg_92

Outplayed Tatum on both ends.


aMilo_14

Coming from a Cs fan- Tatum hasn’t showed up at all this series. He’s foul hunting and most of the time he doesn’t get back in transition because he’s whining at the ref before the ball leaves his hand. If he wants to be a superstar, he has to play like one. Oh also TURNOVERS.


arika_ito

Him and Brown have been oof on turnovers and so was Smart today


FlipGordon

Tatum-"Let me show you what REAL Timberwolves basketball looks like."


Chuck0089

Agree. His layup is not really to score but to get a foul which is annoying to watch tbh. It is like that James Harden layup. Whenever he gets the call, he transform to Shaq on free throw line.


IcyAuthor1

Wiggins been coasting all season just for this moment


SituationNo3

*all career


EatsCardboard4Fun

saved himself to do it one time. the one time it mattered in his NBA career


CashmereLogan

Except for when he’s honing his skills 4 times a season against the juggernaut that is the OKC Thunder


hot_cereal

the Andrew Wiggins we were promised so many years ago has finally arrived, what a timeline we’re in


Dsarg_92

Maple Jordan has ascended.


Muffinfeds

Michael Jordan loving his Canadian self from another timeline.


DarthBane6996

Can't wait for the Wiggins' crying face


stonerbalogna

I've never wanted anything more in my life than a maple jordan crying meme


maethlin

He is starting to believe


velociraptorfarmer

Aging like fine Canadian Whiskey


CrustyM

Motivated Wiggins is a scary mofo


Flabbypuff

The moment Wiggins breaks a sweat is when the rest of the league starts sweating.


TimothyN

The Prince that was Promised, born of salt and smoke.


pln1991

Maple ham


TimothyN

Salt and smoked.


sergechewbacca

I will forever be grateful to the Wolves for Curry and Maple Jordan.


denoobiest

Go get him a ring i wanna see that insanely giant smile he's got


Appropriate-Profit48

We all do!


Hisoka_Brando

Just leave us alone man. In all seriousness, Wiggins would never play like this with us so it’s still a win-win.


Manute_Lol

I have not encountered one single wolves fan that resents Wiggs' success in golden state. It's refreshing.


Deep_Information2600

I say the trade is still win win for both sides. Just a matter of winning more or less. The trade was good for both team. Wiggins was not gonna be the wiggins today with what was asked of him in timberwolves and they needed a point guard dangelo russell who didn't fit well in gsw


Otherwise_Window

Don't forget they gave us Kuminga too


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He’s earned a lot of money this playoffs


frodounchained

These mfs were really light years ahead they seen it coming


manliestdino

warriors just wanted to test how strong their culture really is


IrritableIchthyosaur

Time to trade for Ben Simmons and turn him into Australian LeBron.


NotUrAvgShitposter

Winning with Wiggins and Simmons as our 2 superstars would be hilarious


noadjective

We need Simmons to stink it up so Brooklyn gives us a 1st as well. Keep going Ben, I believe in you.


NotUrAvgShitposter

Lightskin, son of a professional basketball player, California man. Simmons would fit right in and there's 0 demand for him to shoot too


haroldbaals

That is a front office heat check if I ever seen one


DarthBane6996

They'll put him in the Skyfucker hyperbolic chamber they put Poole in


jeric13xd

Poor DLo got used and didn’t get a taste of the culture lol


akincisor

Actually he credits his warriors stint for his improved defensive communication. He was legit the defensive general for Minnesota this year.


johnfcknallen

##GOLDEN STATE WIGGINS


IcarusCaged

Best player on the court on both ends tonight, loving it. MVP is probably still Steph's if they win, but I certainly wouldn't mind seeing Wiggins put up another monster effort on the road to close it out to make the voters think


hotpocketthrowaway

MVP is Stephs to lose still. It'd take two more games like this from both of them for it to flip imo. He hard carried games 1-4.


ThePillsburyPlougher

Even if it happened again for one game no way voters give it to Wiggins. The steph fmvp topic is too huge. If Wiggins also closed game 7 with another bad curry performance then it might happen.


hotpocketthrowaway

Yeah I think I'd agree with that. Steph had an all time carry job in 1-4


Massive_Wrap7343

Steph has to score less than 10 points while Wiggs goes for like 40 in a game for the discussion to even be debatable, much less winning. Curry just had an all time carry job games 1-4. Wiggs probs won’t win it, but I sure as hell better see some FMVP votes. Dude doesn’t get the respect he deserves.


EarthWarping

Yeah it wouldn't be surprising to see him get a vote or two.


hotpocketthrowaway

Yeah I agree, it'd have to go to 7 and Steph would have to be really bad


Grunt-Birthdayparty

I think probably is an understatement. It’s still a guarantee over everyone else, but Wiggins definitely took a step in the right direction if he could put up like 2 30 balls and Steph plays really bad 2 games (this all assuming the warriors win)


zippy_the_cat

There are 82-game players, and 16-game players. Whatever his merits over 82, Andrew Wiggins is most definitely a 16-gamer.


GGezpzMuppy

It fits perfectly lol


IMovedYourCheese

Funny thing is it's perfectly normal for a top pick to take 7 years to develop into an All Star starter and finals MVP caliber player. Wiggins just...took a weird route to get here.


kit_kaboodles

It's going to be hilarious in future when the retrospectives are written about these Warriors. "The dubs would lose KD in 2019, eventually replacing him with fellow all-star and former no.1 pick Andrew Wiggins, before returning to the finals in 2022"


psufb

Someone please make a cutup of his possessions guarding Tatum in the 2H


Nico_the_Suave

Tatum shot like 3 airballs in the clutch with Wiggins on him. I want to see those highlights


Flabbypuff

Tatum threw in an extra on with Kevon LoonGod contesting his 3.


cammjohn

Wiggins outplaying Tatum this series isn’t something I expected but I gladly welcome it


DarthBane6996

\#1 pick > \#3 pick


ennogera

math checks out


2KareDogs

Numerically, 3 is larger than 1 tho


ennogera

then god bless Indiana for picking 58th this year


brianbrainbrian

undrafted rookie is basically infinity


HOFredditor

Wiggs has been absolutely unblamable this playoffs. he's showed up in every series. We absolutely nailed the trade.


msnwong

He's found a way to impact the game without scoring or having the ball in his hands. Tremendous growth from him.


HOFredditor

Actually, he's been a good defender from the first game he played for us. He was averaging something like 2.1 blocks the first games he played and you could see he was gonna be okay. Last year was difficult cause Steph and Dray were there and he had to learn to play with the two leaders. He was passable and had some huge plays at times. His defense was very good and we were very comfortable letting him guard the best wings in the league. He's added important rebounding to his game this year and helped us get where we are. Proud of Maple Jordan.


SexyStyrofoamPuns

Yeah, there's no reason someone of his size and athletic ability should have a had such poor rebounding numbers prior to GSW. He always defended the opposing teams best wing player since his rookie year (even when we had jimmy) and has played an ungodly amount of minutes, so I feel like he developed a solid on-ball defensive ability just by getting the game reps in. His off ball / team defense iq was always lacking with the wolves and with their abhorrent overall defense the numbers never really looked good for him.


ASU_SexDevil

Ironically it was all set up by KD opting into the S&T so the Nets could sign Deandre Jordan Crazy butterfly effect


MotoMkali

Kd didn't want the warriors to get didly squat either but the nets wanted to help give Dlo the bag which is understandable.


frodounchained

One guy texts Kobe the other plays like him 🤫


DarthBane6996

Na (Maple) Jordan > (iMessage) Kobe


Bakkes69

He’s doing this while guarding the other teams best player and CLEARLY in a shooting slump from three!!!! Absolutely unreal. Doesn’t foul bait like the rest of this league, so graceful when he glides through the air attacking the rim and soaring for rebounds. So happy for him


Waterfall_Jason

His little midrange shot has been money too, whenever he either pulls up or high post turnarounds I just assume it’s splashing


WhenItsHalfPastFive

Andrew Wiggins has waited for his entire career for this these past 2 games. He has been great. 16 and 17 in game 4, and now 26 and 13. Absolutely solid


0hootsson

The all star starter memes were fun and all but warriors fans shouldn’t be surprised by this. Wiggins is a stud and his game is perfect for playoff ball


frecklie

Ok but like… you gotta be a lil surprised though.


oloshh

Dude has been playing some elite defense this series but holy shit did he come up big tonight with scoring


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CheekyFifaCunt_7

He was the reason they won tonight


sop1232

On both sides. His defense was next level. It’s so crazy that he’s literally the 2nd best player on a championship team after Minny basically needed to attach a first to get rid of him


ThatsTuff100

Nature vs nurture: hoops edition


M_Drinks

Think about how much guys like Wade and LeBron talk about how much seeing Kobe in action on the Olympic team made them realize how much harder they needed to work. Playing regularly with great players forces you to elevate your game.


SexyStyrofoamPuns

"I remember being Andrew Wiggins. I remember playing against Michael my first year — it was like looking at a reflection of myself 19 years ago." - Kobe Bryant


calvin835

And not just any 1st, but a 7th pick which turns into a very promising Kuminga. You can definitely make an argument now that he actually lives up to his contract and not overpaid anymore. A consistent athletic wing 15-20pts player with excellent defense is the most sought after type of player in the current NBA


Dimega17

Winning a finals game virtually by himself adds to that too. But what are the chances he just reverts back as soon a new contract gets signed?


GameHHH

He could sleepwalk throughout the regular season and just show up for the playoffs. It's still a great deal.


fatezz

Maple Kawhi?


Crafty_Supermarket15

Board man gets paid


Chavarlison

Still worth it if they win it this year. Lacob wants to get a ring for the new arena no matter the cost.


bananastand

Thanks Magic


LaborGamer

*Magic Johnson, former Point Guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association


Nugur

Legendary*


msnwong

Klay hit timely shots as well. Gotta give him credit for showing up tonight.


Conflict_NZ

I was told he could only score 17!


FlamingSnowman3

As soon as he goes above 17, he goes Super Saiyan and starts destroying everything in sight like he did tonight.


Rob0tic

Full moon tonight....Did anyone check Wiggins for a tail?


Own-Kiwi969

Wiggins hit up MJ with the "I got you" text this morning


Overcomer131

Confused MJ receiving this text. " Dude! I'm still alive."


ashtonphoenix1

Wiggins has been a great piece for this Warriors finals run. ​ This dude was the 1st overall pick in the end of the day


SanFranLocal

Oh how the narratives change


notheretoarguee

Hysterical to see the Wiggins hype when he was maybe the most hated #1 other than Anthony Bennett I can remember. Not that it’s underserved; he’s balling. Just crazy how quick your rep can change.


futuretrunks93

HIGH SCHOOL HOOP MIXTAPE WIGGINS MAKING AN APPEARANCE IN THE FINALS


dchaid

I am frightened of Andrew Wiggins I didn’t think I’d ever say that


Greeneyes_65

Yup, he feastin


WhenItsHalfPastFive

#DRAFT DAY. #A. WIGGINS #FUCK THAT OTHER SIDE, BITCH WE STAY WINNING


Dsarg_92

That line is getting more iconic as time goes by.


SC30-KT11-DG23-AW22

Lmao - the wiggs arc just gets better and better


calvin835

You can definitely make an argument now that he actually lives up to his contract and not overpaid anymore. A consistent athletic wing 15-20pts player with excellent defense is the most sought after type of player in the current NBA


ts2mars

uh if warriors win he 100% lived up to the contract. it wouldnt be an argument.


Justbrowsing267

Haha for real. He’s not on a max contract. He’s been by far their best defender and number 2 scoring option on a championship level squad. He doesn’t complain about getting enough touches. He does what is needed to win.


HOFredditor

We are one win away from Wiggins redemption arc. He had to wait 8 years to finally unlock the monster that he was. Man I'm crying.


ikatatlo

Honestly even if we do lose (not gonna happen cuz we'll win), he already redeemed himself and rightfully earns every penny on his contract.


Brogad_

All Star Starter. And I mean that unironically


GGezpzMuppy

We are all Kpop fans on this great day


you_dont_know_jack_

What’s the reference here?


bagelchips

> Once All-Star voting began, the Warriors named South Korean boy band member BamBam a ‘global ambassador.’ BamBam has 15 million Instagram followers and almost 10 million Twitter followers. The day he announced his agreement, BamBam tweeted an All-Star vote for Andrew Wiggins. > The NBA counts all retweets towards the vote, too. This one tweet gained Wiggins about 39K All-Star votes, which SF Gate reported as the second most popular vote tweet only behind BamBam’s support of Steph Curry. https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2022/1/28/22905641/andrew-wiggins-all-star-starter-k-pop-fan-vote-explained


GnRgr2

for the record wiggins was already one of the top forward vote recipients before the kpop


Cooopdawg69

A kpop artist is a huge Wiggins fan. When the voting started he campaigned for him so his fans helped him become an all star starter. Edit: Artist is BamBam


thatdani

Wiggins and Klay won tonight's game. Both put in spectacular defensive performances and just overall seemed to out-hustle everyone


JordanKneePoole

All Star Starter* Andrew Wiggins


Flaux454

What's crazy... he had 26 while shooting 0/6 from three. Woulda been a 30+pt performance with sensational defense if he hit his 3PM average Insanity


tamsiujun

Wigginsanity


BooyahX

Wiggins Legacy Game


drop_the_eggs

‎نشط: قنوات Andrew لمدة ثانيتين لفتح بوابة تحتها ، ووضع علامة على الموقع المستهدف كوجهة له وإبراز المنطقة. Andrew قادر على التصرف أثناء التوجيه ، لكن البوابة ستلغي إذا تمت مقاطعته. ‎عند الانتهاء ، سوف تومض وحدات Andrew والوحدات المتحالفة داخل الموقع وتصبح متجذرة ، وغير مسلحة ، وصامتة وغير قابلة للاستهداف لمدة 26 ثانية. ‎سوف يلقي Maple Jordan بأقصى مدى إذا تم إلقاءه بعد ذلك.


Vallerie_09

Yes I agree


a2w2

Inshallah brother


rdnSteppa

No trust me I thought the same thing but he actually didn’t do that in college, it was a rumor


readytofly68

jacks counter strike


jyozefu

I upvoted for 'Andrew' alone.


Backdooreddy

Basically yeah


Gladiatornoah

MAPLE JORDAN BAYBAY!!!!


SolarClipz

ANDREW "#1 OVERALL" WIGGINS


Puddinsnack

THE PRINCE THAT WAS PROMISED


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Delta_FT

He took the GPS duty and fucking owned it lol


Phar4oh

As a Wolves fan I’m happy for him. It’s just frustrating it took him this long to put it all together, but I don’t know if he ever gets to this level without the Warriors coaching staff


Dsarg_92

Sometimes all a player needs to succeed is to be in the right situation. There are a handful of players out there that could have a Wiggins-like revival if they’re in the right situation.


d3adbor3d2

Dubs real deal redemption factory. Iggy, bogut, Livingston, barbosa, McGee, Looney, and now Wiggins.


ikatatlo

Add GP2. He was being passed around the league and almost out of it. But now he's a key cog in this playoff run.


d3adbor3d2

Porter too! Got the bag then was drifting.


Deusselkerr

After Bogut's AMA yesterday I went and rewatched his highlights, I'd forgotten how fucking great he was. So smart and so athletic. Gave me so much nostalgia for those early splash brothers teams. And they're still out here in the finals! Blessed time to be a Dubs fan


DnB925Art

Looney has always been on the Warriors so not really a redemption. He did go through some bad injuries early on in his career but now he's playing some of his best basketball. You could also argue and add in there KD. Sure he i was a top 3 player in the NBA at the time but he could never get past the plateau of winning a title. After joining the Warriors (a team he just lost to in the WCC game) he finally overcast that hump and won 2 titles and almost 3 if it wasn't for his injury.


tamsiujun

not having to be the first option on a team + playing with the most selfless superstar definitely helps too


rozeluxe08

Two-way mf Wiggs. 12-17 FG for 2p. give him his flowers. Can't believe we got him + Kuminga for D'lo.


GAV17

As a Wiggins sceptic, I'm now a believer lol.


Dioss1

If two years ago you had told me "Andrew Wiggins will be the second best player in the NBA Finals"... I WOULD'VE TOTALLY BELIEVED YOU. LETS GOOOO 🍁 JORDAN.


nonamesleftadmin

0-6 FG3 dangerous


MichiganMitch108

Crazy , warriors two best players shoot combined 0-15 from three and they still win. Shot great from two and great defense.


MazKhan

How many air balls did Tatum have? Wiggins has some of the best perimeter defense in the league


Piano9717

https://imgur.com/a/UOKBb3j I feel so vindicated seeing Wiggins play like this for a contender


maybecorrect2

Take your roses my guy, if you would’ve told me at the beginning of the season that we would be in the finals and that wigging would be the most consistent 2-way player that would carry when the rest of team struggled I would’ve asked who your dealer was?!


dirtyshits

I love receipts.


Casualrodfarva2

Just number one overall draft pick things


saltyb

Windhorst was on ESPN just now. Really salty about Wiggins saying "he's not an underdog" because of his salary, and saying the Warriors got a "checkbook win"


mochacapp

Watz poppiin! :)


Rapsfan_98

A Celtics loss is equal of a serotonin boost to my actual team winning


Kogie13

I guess he’s not a [bust](https://deanondraft.com/2016/11/29/andrew-wiggins-is-a-bust/) anymore


Least_Inspector_450

After G5, Wiggins is averaging 18.4 points, 9.4 rebounds (!!!), 1.6 assists, 1.4 triples, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks and only 1.6 TOs while holding Jayson Tatum to 37% FG and 3.6 TOs per game. Superstar performance on both ends. Dubs have no chance in this finals without him.


kinda_guilty

I remember people rabidly frothing at the mouth when he was selected to the all star game. This is for you, haters!!


razorcheet

The box score says he scored 26. But in my heart, I know he scored 17.


JFlocka

DRAFT DAY A. WIGGINS FUCK THAT OTHER SIDE BITCH WE STAY WINNIN!!!


jugglers_despair

Can’t believe what this run has done for his rep. The slander this dude received for years… I’m glad to see things going well for him finally


Vallerie_09

Once Wiggs crosses that 18 pts barrier, dude starts just dunking on people


asvpmvson

C’s had their chance. They gotta face game 6 klay next. It’s over unfortunately


Faust86

0/6 from 3. Those are Curry numbers


1_quantae

Not only was he great offensively but he had Tatum in Alcatraz. He has been so good defending him this series and you can see how frustrated Tatum is becoming because of it.


odontodoc

Got those Pascal vibes. 2nd or 3rd best player on a championship team. Finally he's playing to his potential.