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Draymond Green Has Strong Comment On Andrew Wiggins

Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins defends vs. the Miami Heat.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Golden State Warriors guards Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat in the second half against the Miami Heat at Chase Center on February 10, 2020 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

As the Golden State Warriors attempt to retool for their comeback 2020-21 campaign, they made one big acquisition at the trade deadline. The team shipped point guard D'Angelo Russell, who proved to be a rental, to the Minnesota Timberwolves for former No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins. The Kansas product has shown bursts of promise as an offensive player, but he has a reputation as a very poor defender. His new teammate Draymond Green, one of the best defenders in the NBA, believes that will change.

"I think he can be an All-Defensive player," Green said during a recent media scrum. "That's one of my goals for him, as a leader of this team, one of the things I really want to push him on. He has all the tools, he has the athleticism." Wiggins was a top recruit coming out of his native Canada. His athleticism earned him some pretty wild comparisons to top wings, including Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. He obviously hasn't put things together on the defensive end anywhere close to what those two all-world talents have.

Draymond Green took things to the next level, comparing Wiggins' potential on the defensive end to one of his recent teammates, Kevin Durant. The former MVP was never the defensive liability that Wiggins has been in his NBA career. Once he went to Golden State, however, he really emerged on that end of the ball, especially as a shot blocker. That gave the Warriors' vaunted small ball lineup even more punch.

"He reminds me a lot of Kevin as a defender. They're both long and lanky, but agile. Can move. Very skinny guys, but not weak... Kevin's a great defender. If he can continue to build on that, which I think he can... he shows a lot of promise on that side of the ball." Green's full comments:

Draymond Green also addressed facing Andrew Wiggins as an opposing forward, and shot down the notion that opposing players would target him as a weak link when he was a member of the Timberwolves: "I've played against him a bunch of times, it's never been like 'We're going to go at Wiggins.' It's never been that." He says that he thinks entering a winning environment like Golden State could help spur on some defensive development. Even with this year's freakish injury-riddled collapse, there are few, if any, better cultures in the NBA. If any team can help deliver on the promise of Wiggins, who is still a few days short of his 25th birthday, it is probably Golden State. [

Draymond Green on Andrew Wiggins: “I think he can be an All-Defensive player.”

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