Golden State Warriors swingman Andrew Wiggins put up a great performance against the Minnesota Timberwolwes and later gave credit to the Warriors and their winning culture. Wiggins, who was selected by the Timberwolwes at No.
1 in the 2014 NBA draft, delivered against his former team as he scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds in a 138-108 win. The Warriors made five consecutive trip to the NBA Finals between 2015-2019, before Wiggins was traded to the team last season.
"They're a championship team," Wiggins said, while explaining some of the differences he sees. "It's very positive over here, very positive, everyone's getting along. No egos, nothing like that. Everyone just wants to win.
It's just a winning attitude, winning culture, everything is about winning. And we all want to get better, everyone is lifting each other up, cheering for each other, so it's all love over here."
Wiggins admits it felt good playing against the Timberwolws
"I was excited," Wiggins said.
"Felt good playing against my former team. It was good to see them and catch up and obviously compete. It's all love for those guys, it's part of the business. I feel it takes competitiveness to the next level. I feel like we did our job and that we got the win most importantly."
Wiggins put up a good effort on the defensive side of the floor as well, collecting three steals and three blocks in 30 minutes of play. "He's really competing on that end," Warriors forward Draymond Green said after the game.
"Since he's been here he's shown that he's a very capable defender and he's taking that up a couple of notches this year which has been great for us. He's really changing the game on that end for us."
The Warriors missed out on the playoffs last year but Wiggins is hoping to make the postseason this year. "For sure it's different because everything here is organized," Wiggins said. "You know what you're doing every night, you know what you're getting yourself into, you know the minutes you're going to play, you know your rotation.
There was a couple years like that in Minnesota where you know everything, I was with coach Thibs [Tom Thibodeau], Thibs was very organized. And Thibs was very clear, he was very straightforward. That's one thing they do here, they're very straightforward.
They're not going to sugarcoat nothing. There's no trick questions. So it's good."