Steve Kerr praises Andrew Wiggins by taking sarcastic dig at doubters

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Kerr praises Wiggins by taking sarcastic dig at doubters originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Andrew Wiggins has transformed his career with the Warriors.

The No. 1 overall pick from the 2014 draft didn't live up to expectations with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and developed a bad reputation in many corners of the NBA.

But the narrative surrounding Wiggins has changed, which is a result of him playing the best all-around basketball of his career.

"Well I don't know if you guys know this, but people actually change and evolve," Steve Kerr said sarcastically Thursday on KNBR's "Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks" show. "Guys get better. They put the work in, they evolve, they learn. Wiggs is getting better.

"He's a fantastic defender, he's been aggressive offensively, this has been his most efficient season. The work pays off."

Wiggins recorded 21 points (10-for-18 from the field), three rebounds, two assists and one block in the Warriors' loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.

The 26-year-old also played terrific defense.

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Wiggins averaged 18.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.9 steals this season, while posting career highs from the field (47.7 percent) and beyond the arc (38 percent).

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Additionally, he would have started all 72 games if the Warriors didn't rest him vs. the New Orleans Pelicans ahead of their regular-season finale against the Memphis Grizzlies.

"When you got a guy who's got a great commitment and spirit and dedication to his teammates, good things are gonna happen," Kerr said.

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