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Andrew Wiggins took the NBA All-Defensive snub ‘personally’ in the playoffs

The Warriors likely would not have won their fourth championship in eight seasons if not for Andrew Wiggins’ contributions throughout the NBA playoffs.

After being named an All-Star for the first time in his career, “Two-Way Wiggs” further established himself as a defensive presence throughout Golden State’s title run, often matched up with superstars such as Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant, Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Dončić and Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, the Warriors relied heavily on Wiggins’ lockdown defense.

Wiggins joined former NBA player Vince Carter and co-host Ros Gold-Onwude on “The VC Show” podcast, where he revealed one goal that he has for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

“One thing I’m really going to strive for this upcoming season is being on the [NBA’s All-Defensive team],” Wiggins said. “That’s a big goal of mine and hopefully, I opened some eyes in the playoffs so I can be on the radar.”

Despite an impressive defensive showing in the regular season, Wiggins did not receive a single All-Defensive team vote. Warriors forward Draymond Green was selected to the All-Defensive Second Team and journeyman guard Gary Payton II even received three second-team votes.

Wiggins took note and used it as motivation throughout Golden State’s title run.

“I didn’t get one vote this year. I took it personally in the playoffs, this is my chance to really showcase what I can do, put my name on the radar,” Wiggins added.

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Wiggins certainly put his name on the NBA’s radar this season.

If the 27-year-old is able to continue his defensive dominance throughout the 2022-23 season, the Warriors should have a great shot at defending their title.

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