An Unexpected Warriors Sharpshooter Has Emerged as the Newest Splash Brother Alongside Stephen Curry

The Warriors are well-represented on the NBA All Star Weekend. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green all made it to New Orleans this year. But one player has also caught people’s eyes as of late: Klay Thompson. He took home his first ever NBA Three Point Contest championship with a record high score of 44 points!

The “splash brothers” is a term that has been used to describe Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. They are the two newest members of the Golden State Warriors and they have emerged as the new splash brothers alongside each other.

An Unexpected Warriors Sharpshooter Has Emerged as the Newest Splash Brother Alongside Stephen Curry

After an astounding 21-4 start, the Golden State Warriors are looking like NBA championship contenders once again, and Stephen Curry is the main reason for it. The two-time league MVP seems to be on his way to a third, but a surprising name is helping Golden State reach new heights owing to a resurgent shooting stroke.

Andrew Wiggins — yes, Andrew Wiggins — is on his way to having his finest shooting season ever. His freshly discovered jumper might be crucial to the Warriors’ prospects of returning to the NBA Finals this season.

Andrew Wiggins is looking a lot like Stephen Curry when it comes to 3-point shooting.

Andrew Wiggins is on pace to have the best shooting of his NBA career.

Andrew Wiggins is on pace to have the best shooting of his NBA career. The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins exchange a high five during a game against the Memphis Grizzlies | Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Over the previous three seasons, Curry and Klay Thompson have led Golden State’s shooting attack, while Wiggins has always been the slasher who could take smaller players off the dribble. Wiggins has always been a great offensive player, but he’s never been a great 3-point shooter.

Until now, that is.

Wiggins is shooting 41.5 percent from outside the arc through 25 games this season, slightly ahead of Curry for the team’s second-best percentage behind Otto Porter Jr. The Warriors have only seen the 26-year-old shoot better than 36% once in his career, so his start to the season has been a revelation.

Wiggins is also shooting 48.7% from the field, which is a career best. He’s been selecting his positions more carefully this year, and he’s not afraid to catch and shoot like he used to.

According to NBC Sports, Kerr recently said, “The greatest thing I’m seeing from Andrew is that he’s basically catching and shooting.” “He’s always been a decent 3-point shooter, but maybe more so off the dribble.” And the truth is, when he’s open, he’s grown better with us. “All he’s doing is catching and firing.”

As the newest Splash Brother, Wiggins takes his spot.

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Wiggins finally demonstrated his improved shooting isn’t a fluke against the Orlando Magic on Monday night.

The gifted forward scored 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field and 8-of-10 from beyond the arc. In the contest, he had a career-high eight three-pointers.

Wiggins has now hit 15 of his past 25 3-point attempts, and his torrid shooting from outside has helped the Warriors continue to run. Wiggins has taken over as the second Splash Brother alongside Curry, with Thompson remaining out of the lineup.

Who’d have guessed?

The Warriors have reverted to their former dominance.

People wanted to trade Andrew Wiggins not long ago, I recall. He’s averaging 18.3 points per game on 48 percent shooting from the field this season, and the Warriors have the best record in the NBA.

December 7, 2021 — Mark Haynes (@markhaynesnba)

Over the previous two years, Wiggins has been an important part of the Warriors’ jigsaw, but his below-average outside shooting has kept him from becoming a star in Golden State. That one flaw has turned into one of his greatest assets, and as a result, Golden State is the most dominating team in the NBA.

The Warriors have a 12.9 net rating after 25 games, which leads the NBA. They are now in first place in the Western Conference rankings and will only improve as the season goes. Thompson is expected to return to the floor in the coming weeks, and with Wiggins developing into a feared 3-point shooter, this attack will be the most difficult to defend in the league.

Golden State could be the favourites to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy next summer if Wiggins maintains his torrid shooting.

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