How Andrew Wiggins has filled in for Klay Thompson as Warriors’ Iron Man

In a Warriors season plagued by injuries and coronavirus-related absences, forward Andrew Wiggins has been a much-appreciated outlier: He’s the only player to have played in — and started — every game this season.

This has been especially critical for Golden State because Wiggins is helping fill the void of the injured Klay Thompson. Before Thompson missed last season with a torn ACL and this season with a torn Achilles tendon, he was one of the league’s most durable players.

After not missing a game in high school or at Washington State because of injury, Thompson played 214 consecutive games for the Warriors — the longest such streak to start a career in franchise history — before he missed a loss against Cleveland to attend his grandfather’s funeral. Eight months later, Thompson missed his first game because of injury, a loss to Phoenix, with a strained right hand.

When he suffered that ACL injury in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, he hadn’t been sidelined more than nine games in an NBA season. Wiggins joined the Warriors at the 2020 trade deadline from Minnesota with a similar track record. In his first five years in the NBA, he averaged 80 of a possible 82 games.

“It’s so valuable to have someone you can count on to be there every night,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said of Wiggins. “To play big minutes and to guard one of the opposing…

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