3. Andrew Wiggins
Could the Bucks and Warriors swap problems? Wiggins has played in each of the Dubs’ first eight games, but his production has been forgettable. The 6’7 wing is shooting 41.5 percent from the field and has made just three 3-pointers so far this season. Wiggins currently averages a career-low in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and minutes per game.
Golden State acquired Chris Paul in the offseason and is playing a ton of small ball. They need Wiggins to sink open shots, guard the league’s best wings, and be a switchable defender. He was a massive part of their 2022 championship squad but must get back to that level if Golden State has a shot to win it all.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is not concerned, but what if his struggles linger into 2024? If both Middleton and Wiggins are underperforming, both sides could hope a trade jumpstarts their new acquisition.
Andrew Wiggins is four years younger, making less money, and signed through at least 2026. The Milwaukee Bucks want long-term money on their books as they head into the second tax apron. They might be making a slight downgrade, but Wiggins may fit their roster better, especially if his defense and overall play return to his 2022 levels.