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Golden State Warriors

Andrew Wiggins needs to make teams pay for leaving him wide open

Andrew Wiggins + open gym = problem... in more ways than one.

Video recently surfaced of Golden State's small forward draining 17 straight 3s in a workout as the Warriors' newest perimeter addition begins looking ahead to the 2020-21 season.

That must be a sight for sore eyes for Warriors fans who surely envision Wiggins receiving an inordinate amount of wide open looks next season playing next to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Warriors fans got a small taste of Wiggins who suited up for 12 games after being acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a trade for D'Angelo Russell ahead of February's trade deadline. The former No. 1 overall pick averaged 19.4 points per game and shot 33.9 percent from beyond the arc with the Warriors, both of which aren't far off from his career averages of 19.7 points and 33.2 percent.

A closer look at how Wiggins performed on wide open shots reveals why it's so important that he improves with the shots he's sure to get next season.

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Of the 59 3s he took in 12 games with the Warriors, all but six of them came with no defender within four feet. Furthermore, he shot just 6-25 on 3-pointers in which he was deemed "wide open" which is defined as no defender within six feet.

6-25.

That's umm... not good and a far cry from knocking down 17 straight 3s in an open gym.

It's even worse when looking at how Wiggins stacks up with the rest of the league. Looking from February 8 and onwards - that's when Wiggins made his Warriors debut - there are 100 players who took at least 25 "wide open" 3s. Only two of them shot worse than Wiggins.

Even without the Splash Brothers (he played one game alongside Curry and shot 3-9 from beyond the arc and seven of those attempts were wide open), Wiggins got much better looks in Golden State than he did in Minnesota.

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In his first 42 games of the season with the Timberwolves, 74 of his 275 attempts - about 27% - were classified as "wide open".

Nearest Defender on Wiggins 3-pt Attempts in 2019-20
T-Wolves Warriors
Games 42 12
0-4 feet 36 6
4-6 feet 165 28
6+ feet 74 25

With a far heavier dose of open looks on the way next season with a replenished and healthy Warriors roster, Wiggins will have every opportunity to show off the improvement made from all of that time spent draining long-range jumpers in an open gym this offseason.

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