Charles Barkley Shows the Mirror to “Overrated” Warriors Star Andrew Wiggins

Published 05/23/2022, 10:30 AM EDT

The Golden State Warriors are currently running away with the series against the Dallas Mavericks. They are now 3-0 in the lead. The Mavs are without answers as the Warriors are proving to be too good for the Mavs. In Game 3 it was the Warriors who seemed ready from the word go, displaying incredible play and running a riot on the court. Notably, one among the name stars who deserves a special mention for his performance is Andrew Wiggins.

Andrew has had his troubles throughout his career in proving his worth and talent. But this Warriors move has changed that narrative. Especially this season, he has found his place in the team. It was an impressive performance by Wiggins and Inside the NBA recognized that. In fact, Charles Barkley even mentioned how he can not be called “overrated” in the Warriors anymore.

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“He got overrated because he was number one pick in the draft. This is a great situation when you’re like the fourth or fifth best player on the team. But when you’re number one people expect you to be a franchise cliff. So he got kind of really just got screwed by that situation,” Charles said.

“Now the trade’s going to turn out fantastic for him. But he was overrated because when you’re the number one pick in draft, you’re supposed to be Shaq, Hakeem… guys like that. But unfortunately, he’s not that guy. But this is a perfect landing spot for him,” he added.

Chuck spoke about the growth of Wiggins, as he is proving to be an important part of the Warriors.

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Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal also praised Wiggins. Kenny said that because Wiggins is not under any pressure to score with Klay and Steph on the court, he can express himself better. Because he is not demanded to score, he can play more freely. Shaq, on the other hand, praised the Warriors stating that because he is around great players, he pushes himself to get better.

Warriors in 4?

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Things for Mavericks do not look good at all. Luka Doncic is seemingly helpless as even after scoring 40 in Game 3 he could not impact the game like he would have liked. This is now two games in a row that Luka got past the 40-point mark, but once again it was Warriors who came forth with the victory. Stephen Curry was obviously tremendous and at the heart of everything.

May 22, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) reacts to a technical foul being called on forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) as Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) prepares to make a foul shot during the third quarter in game three of the 2022 western conference finals at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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Stephen Curry scored 31 points along with 11 assists and was unstoppable in his groove. It was an amazing display of quick ball movement, accurate passing and brilliant scoring from the Warriors. Wiggins got 27 points with 11 rebounds. And rebounds was another thing that gave the edge to the Warriors over the Mavs.

Luka and co need to pull up their socks if they wish to challenge the Warriors from here. Because as things stand, the Warriors do not look like a team that will lose Game 4. However, with the right motivation, Mavericks do not lack the talent to surprise everyone. 

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Chaitanya Sharma

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Chaitanya is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He completed his engineering from SRM University. Having determined an interest in football and basketball, he was inclined towards having a job in the sports industry.

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