Tom Thibodeau was one of Andrew Wiggins' head coaches during the former No. 1 overall pick's time with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and unlike many in the Twin Cities, the now-New York Knicks head coach always has believed in Wiggins.
After New York beat the Warriors on Thursday night at Chase Center, Thibodeau told The Athletic's Ethan Strauss how impressed he has been by Wiggins' growth since joining the organization last February.
“Huge difference. He’s grown. I think this environment is perfect for him. I think the job that Steve (Kerr) and his staff has done, they’ve challenged him to grow," Thibodeau told Strauss. "His defense is vastly improved. His all-around play, too, and it will get better and better. Playing with guys like Steph and Draymond (Green) and when Klay (Thompson)’s back, that’s going to be a big bonus for him. Andrew is a great guy. He’s very talented and gifted and that’s the thing you can’t lose sight of, what the Warriors have done. The obvious is Steph, Klay and Draymond, but adding these young pieces that are so talented. They’re going to be good for a long time.”
Wiggins came to the Warriors as part of the blockbuster D'Angelo Russell trade, and in 27 games with the organization, the 25-year-old has begun reversing his reputation in the league. He is engaged on the defensive end, often drawing the most difficult assignments and handling them well.