Andrew Wiggins is a light sleeper. As he tried to doze off Thursday afternoon for a pre-game nap, he heard somebody creeping through the door. His young daughter woke him up to tell him the news: he was an All-Star.
“She said, 'You're a starter! You're a starter!," Wiggins said. "I thought I was dreaming for a second."
No pinch needed.
The timing couldn’t have been more cosmic. The Warriors hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday night and splashed their way to a 124-115 victory. Afterwards, a few of his former teammates embraced him and congratulated him on making the All-Star Game, which will be held in Cleveland. The Cavaliers, of course, originally drafted Wiggins No. 1 overall in 2014 before trading him to Minnesota.
“Full circle,” Wiggins said. “It feels good. No better way than to have my first All-Star than where it all started.”
Wiggins made the All-Star Game alongside fellow starter Steph Curry. Steph said the Warriors’ group text was exploding once the teams were announced. Mainly for Wiggins.
“I know we’re all just crazy excited for him to get his first experience,” Curry said. “I think there was like a 30-minute delay before Draymond realized he didn’t say congratulations to me.”
Earlier in the day, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said it was “one of the proudest moments I’ve had as a coach just to see what Wiggs has done since he got here a couple years ago.”
Wiggins and the Warriors are well on their way to the playoffs. The Timberwolves have a new, exciting nucleus with Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and Malik Beasley. They’re currently the No. 8 seed and in the running to be a play-in team.
The 2020 swap that sent Wiggins to The Bay and Russell to the Midwest has paid dividends for both teams. But Golden State looks like it got a steal with an All-Star starter and a draft pick that turned into promising rookie Jonathan Kuminga.
"I was ready for a new chapter," Wiggins said. "I feel like we both reached our limits. I feel the trade worked out for both parties, both teams. They got D-Lo, he was an All-Star, he's nice. And me and JK are here."