The Golden State Warriors’ 2022-23 season might have gotten off to an incredibly crazy start — and not in a good way — but a handful of things are going really well for the team. For his part, Stephen Curry has played some of the best basketball games of his career, which is saying something when you’re dealing with a GOAT contender.
Meanwhile, Andrew Wiggins has picked up right where he left off after an incredible, career-earning run in the playoffs last year. But as good as he’s been on the court this season, his performance on Wednesday night against the LA Clippers was on a whole different level.
In 32 minutes on the court against LAC, Wiggins lost a team-high 31 points with 12-of-18 shots, hit six threes and added four boards, three steals, two assists and zero turnover.
The former No. 1 pick’s latest gem, as well as his efforts in the first month of the campaign, sparked debate on the ESPN broadcast of the game about whether Wiggins deserved another All-Star nod. Steph had a violent reaction when she got wind of the discussion.
Immediately following the contest, which the Dubs won 124-107, Curry and Wiggins were interviewed on court at the Chase Center by ESPN’s Malika Andrews. At that moment, Steph was made aware that some of her colleagues had weighed his all-star credits, leading to the following response from him:
“What kind of debate is this? I hope they both got the right answer over there.”
Unfortunately, Wiggins’ All-Star nomination — at least at this early point in the season — is harder to pinpoint than Curry admits.
Make no mistake, Wiggins’ All-Star pick last February was well-deserved, although the K-pop vote played a big part in him being selected as a starter to the ASG. And his numbers through 17 appearances in 22-23 are even better than what he posted last season.
As of this writing, the 27-year-old is averaging 19.1 points, a career-high 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals. He also hits 50.6% of his shot attempts and 43.5% from depth. After all, he continues to be one of the ultimate positive guys in dubs; In their 565 minutes on the pitch, the team has outscored their opponents by 6.9 points per 100 possessions.
Still, another set of numbers could potentially keep him from joining Steph in the association’s annual showcase.
A larger than usual number of first-time All-Stars attended last season’s exhibition in Cleveland. Alongside Wiggins, Darius Garland, Fred VanVleet, Jarrett Allen, LaMelo Ball and Dejounte Murray made their maiden voyages as All-Stars.
While all of them had put together seasons worth including, their spots were really only available because a number of established players were banned from playing for various reasons.
How’s that for a 12-man squad – Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Jaylen Brown, Zion Williamson, Bradley Beal and Pascal Siakam. At least half of those players should be brought into the team this season.
Despite his best efforts, Wiggins could be knocked out this time, especially with the dubs still hovering around .500.