Andrew Wigggins’ viral moment against Luka Doncic in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday night had staying power. Well more than 12 hours after Wiggins glided through the key and hammered home an emphatic dunk over Doncic, social media, sports talk radio and ESPN were still abuzz about the sequence.
As time passed, the national conversation turned from the slam itself to what it represented. That lasting image of Wiggins soaring over the NBA’s beloved wonderkid offered striking, visual proof of what many had already come to realize: Once a scapegoat for the Timberwolves’ dysfunction, Wiggins is suddenly a bonafide playoff difference-maker.
If the Warriors win their first NBA title since 2018 in a few weeks, he will deserve much of the credit. And so, too, will general manager Bob Myers, who had to do the seemingly impossible: manage without salary-cap space to parlay Kevin Durant’s departure into two franchise cornerstones — one for the present (Wiggins) and another for the future (Jonathan Kuminga).
This season has cemented that move with Minnesota at the 2020 deadline as perhaps the greatest trade in Warriors history. As Wiggins helps vault the franchise back onto the sport’s biggest stage, Kuminga offers plenty of optimism for Golden State’s long-term future.
“I think the Wiggins trade is the key to all of this,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Monday. “I don’t know where we’d be without him defensively, with…