Kenny Smith’s unthinkable prediction from 2 years ago about Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins no longer looks as crazy as it did
Andrew Wiggins has quietly been one of the Warriors’ most important players. To the point where we aren’t sure he is being given the credit, he deserves by the NBA community.
This season, the man is averaging 18.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists, while shooting 48.1% from the field, and 40.4% from three. But, while those numbers are pretty damn impressive, they frankly don’t even come close to doing this man justice.
Many may forget now, but when Wiggins was acquired in exchange for letting D’Angelo Russell go, many believed that the Timberwolves won that trade easily. Wiggs was known as an inefficient scorer who could not come close to contributing on the other side of the ball. In other words, many believe that the Warriors got an absolute dud in return for a guard with potential.
Fast forward to now, and Wiggins is as efficient as they come on offense, and arguably one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA today. He is one of the most important players on a contending Warriors team, and recently, was named as an All-Star starter for the first time. In other words, good ol’ Maple Jordan is developing into a star.
ANDREW WIGGINS IS AN #NBAAllStar STARTER
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) January 28, 2022
Given that little history lesson we just gave you, you might think that no one in the world even considered this possibility. And while we will say you’d be very close to being right, Kenny Smith ruled that opinion in the loser’s section a long, long time ago.
Let’s get into it, shall we?
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Kenny Smith predicted that Andrew Wiggins would be a star in the NBA, as soon as he was traded to the Golden State Warriors
It may seem unthinkable, but yes. Kenny Smith did indeed predict it. On multiple occasions actually.
The first time around, this is what he said almost immediately after the trade had become official.
“[Wiggins] will be an NBA All-Star in 2 years.” -Kenny Smith in 2020, after the Warriors trade
Today, Andrew Wiggins has officially been named an All-Star starter in the West
— Calvin Fong (@CalFongNBA) January 28, 2022
And then, despite Andrew Wiggins having an up and down season on a bad Warriors side in his first year there, Smith evidently still believed, as he said this on ‘95.7: The Game’ podcast.
“I think he’s gonna make the All-Star team next year… He could be that good.”
The man further continued.
“He does everything that Harrison Barnes was doing, (when he played for the Warriors), and he’s more athletic.”
Kenny Smith may get a lot of stick from the NBA community. But damn, was this a good prediction.
Let’s give the man his flowers, shall we?
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