- Why Wiggins can thrive in Golden State
News: 5 days agoThe Warriors are concerned about Wiggins' availability to begin the season due to his vaccination status, Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Spin: While the NBA, itself, is not requiring players to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, certain local jurisdictions require vaccinations to enter an arena. San Francisco, where the Warriors play their home games, happens to be one of those jurisdictions, so Wiggins -- should he fail to get the vaccine -- could be barred from participating in home games. It's possible Wiggins could be granted a religious or medical exemption, but if that fails, the Warriors could be without their second-leading scorer from last season. Simmons reports that the team recently brought in a local doctor to speak with Wiggins, but the forward "remains unmoved in his decision against vaccination." For now, the hope is that he'll change his mind before the regular-season opener, but this will be a situation for fantasy managers to monitor throughout draft season.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Wiggins quietly improved in his first full season with the Warriors, even though his volume was lower on a team with playoffs aspirations. He improved his shooting dramatically, notching career-highs of 47.7 FG% and 38.0 3P% that allowed him to score 18.6 PPG despite taking the fewest shots that he's taken since his rookie season (14.9 FGA). He also improved his defense, notching career-bests of 1.0 BPG and 1.9 combined steals and blocks. Add in his 2.0 3PG, and Wiggins has added value in roto leagues that value unique contributions across the board.