Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins commits to play for Team Canada in 2021

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After back-to-back losses in the Western Conference play-in tournament, Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins is turning his attention to the 2021 run to the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

On Tuesday, the former No. 1 overall draft pick committed to playing for Team Canada on Instagram. Wiggins hasn’t suited up for Team Canada since 2015.

Wiggins will likely play a key role in Canada’s Olympic campaign alongside potential teammates Shai Gilegous-Alexander, RJ Barrett, Dillon Brooks, Lu Dort, Kelly Olynyk, Tristian Thompson and Brandon Clarke.

Starting in late June, Team Canada will need to qualify for a spot in the Olympics with a tournament in Victoria, B.C. If Canada can win their qualifying tournament against a field that features China, Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey and Uruguay, the team will clinch their first spot in the Olympic basketball tournament since the 2000 summer games in Sydney.

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Wiggins is coming off an impressive first full season in the Bay Area, averaging 18.6 points on 47.7% shooting from the field and 38% from long distance. The Kansas Jayhawk product added 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 blocks and 0.9 steals in 33.3 minutes per contest.

The 2021 edition of the Olympics is slated to start on Friday, July 23 in Tokyo.

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