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Draymond Green Gets Real About Andrew Wiggins’ Warriors Future

Draymond Green Gets Real About Andrew Wiggins’ Warriors Future

Draymond Green Gets Real About Andrew Wiggins’ Warriors Future

Draymond Green got real about Andrew Wiggins’ Warriors future during a recent interview.

Speaking to the media this week, Green was asked about the Wiggins acquisition and how he envisioned it playing out.

The Golden State forward offered a thoughtful response on that, as well as the team’s decision to ship out All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell in order to facilitate the deal for Wiggins.

“I think he can be an All-Defensive player,” Green said of his newly acquired teammate.

“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’ athleticism was one of the things people liked most about him when he was a young prospect coming out of Canada.

Prior to coming to the NBA, Wiggins was compared to the likes of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James in terms of his potential.

While he has not lived up to that sort of talk in any capacity, that did not prevent Green from doing more of the same and comparing Wiggins’ raw skill set to that of Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant.

“He reminds me a lot of Kevin as a defender,” he said.

“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 is not just praising Wiggins because they are teammates now. The pair has squared off against one another in the past and he speaks from the experience of someone who has played against him.

“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.”

In Green’s estimation, Wiggins has all the potential necessary to be a positive addition to the Warriors.

Will he ultimately be able to live up to that potential? That is the bet Golden State is making.

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A recent graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.

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