Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins evolution continues with 2022 NBA All-Star Game starter selection

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Canada, you have your new NBA All-Star.

On Thursday, it was announced that Toronto native Andrew Wiggins has been selected to represent the Golden State Warriors as a starter in the 2022 NBA All-Star Game. It’s a crowning achievement for Wiggins, who averages 18.1 points per game while shooting a career-best 40.4 percent from 3-point range for a Warriors team that is among the NBA’s elite.

It’s also important to take a step back to look at the gravity of this moment for basketball in Canada.

Wiggins becomes the first Canadian All-Star since Nets head coach Steve Nash, who made his last All-Star appearance 10 years ago in 2012. Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire is the only other Canadian to earning an All-Star selection, representing the New Orleans Hornets in 2004.

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While Wiggins is only the third in history, there are many more to come, with the likes of RJ Barrett, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jamal Murray being the Canadians most likely to deserve such a prize. honor in the years to come.

Wiggins’ All-Star selection is another tangible reminder that Canada is currently in basketball’s golden age.

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Now let’s take a closer look at what this means for Wiggins.

While it’s no surprise that a former No. 1 overall pick was voted into the NBA All-Star Game, Wiggins’ path thus far hasn’t exactly been conventional.

Two months after being first selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014, Wiggins was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves before dressing in wine and gold. Less than a year later, he was named 2014-15 Rookie of the Year. Despite averaging 23.6 points per game in his third season, Wiggins was not receiving the league-wide recognition that many of his accomplishments deserved.

In 6th grade, he experienced another change of scenery.

Since the Warriors offered to acquire Wiggins at the 2020 trade deadline, he’s taken on a new role and contributed to Golden State’s winning culture. In his second full season with the Warriors, Wiggins’ play was a key part of the team’s position as a legitimate NBA title contender.

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While Klay Thompson was sidelined for the first two and a half months of the season, Wiggins became the team’s second offensive option behind Stephen Curry while managing to take on a number of tough defensive assignments.

Looking at the big picture, you have a player recognized as an All-Star by fans, media and peers alike. How poetic is it that Wiggins is making his All-Star debut in the same city where he was touted as the No. 1 pick some eight years ago?

We may not have seen it happen like this, but today is a representation of a long time to come.

Celebrating NBA All-Star starter Andrew Wiggins.

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