Andrew Wiggins missed his 23rd straight game for the Warriors on Tuesday, but he appears to be getting closer to a return.
The 28-year-old forward, who broke out last season en route to being named an All-Star starter, has not suited up for Golden State since Feb. 13. He has been listed on the Warriors’ injury report as inactive due to a personal family matter.
Following its home win against the Thunder on Tuesday, Golden State now sits at 42-38 ahead of the Clippers for fifth place — and, more importantly, out of the Play-In Tournament, just a half-game ahead of the Lakers.
The Warriors are now 13-10 during Wiggins’ 23-game absence.
After playing a starring role in Golden State’s run to the 2022 NBA title — Wiggins was arguably the team’s second-best player behind Stephen Curry — the former No. 1 overall pick has had an up-and-down season.
Prior to this extended absence, Wiggins had shuffled in and out of the lineup, missing 20 of the team’s first 49 games to start the season. In addition to missing 15 games in December with an adductor strain, he’s also missed time with a nagging foot injury and non-COVID illness.
He’s played well when available, averaging 17.1 points per game, playing lockdown defense and shooting a career-best 39.6 percent from beyond the arc. If the Warriors are going to make a serious run at defending their title, they’ll surely need Wiggins.
Here are the latest updates on Wiggins’ ongoing absence.
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Why is Andrew Wiggins not playing for the Warriors?
Wiggins is back with the team after a 51-day absence, due to a family matter that caused him to miss 23 games.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Wiggins’ father, Mitchell, has been dealing with a “serious medical situation,” resulting in the star forward’s absence.
Golden State’s Andrew Wiggins plans to attend Warriors-Thunder on Tuesday. The reason for Wiggins’ leave of absence since mid-February is that his father, Mitchell Wiggins, has been dealing with a serious medical situation, sources close to the situation say. 🙏🏽
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 3, 2023
The Warriors initially listed Wiggins as out for the Feb. 14 game against the Clippers, citing personal reasons. Though Steve Kerr confirmed that they expected him back for their first game after the All-Star break on Feb. 23, Wiggins missed that game.
Both Kerr and Curry spoke after the Warriors game on March 28 about how the team is carrying on without Wiggins ahead of the playoff push.
“We want to be whole, and I’m sure he wants to be a part of this,” Curry said. “But when he walks through the door will be when it’s the right time for him. That’s kind of the expectation at this point.”
Steph Curry on Andrew Wiggins: “We’d love to have him and hope that that does happen…But when he walks through the door is when it’ll be the right time.”
He said he hasn’t been in regular contact with Wiggins. Giving him space. pic.twitter.com/VgveA17uMO
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 29, 2023
Curry echoed sentiments he’s shared over the past few weeks, telling reporters that he’s giving Wiggins space and has not been in direct contact with the forward.
When will Andrew Wiggins return?
Wiggins was back on the Warriors’ bench for Tuesday’s game against the Thunder, however, he won’t be back in the lineup until the postseason.
On Wednesday, April 5, during an appearance on 95.7 The Game’s “Willard & Dibs, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr confirmed that Wiggins would not play in the team’s final two regular season games.
Steve Kerr on Andrew Wiggins 👇 pic.twitter.com/KloOKzJeGW
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) April 6, 2023
The Warriors’ key decision-makers were adamant that Wiggins’ family situation would not cause him to miss the entire season. With the playoffs on the horizon, it appears the 28-year-old is almost ready to rejoin the team.
Warriors schedule 2022-23
The Warriors have two more games left in the regular season. Here’s a look at Golden State’s remaining schedule:
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Andrew Wiggins stats this season
Here is how Wiggins’ stats compare to last year’s All-Star season. As you can see, his performance has been essentially on par with the level of play that earned him an invite to All-Star Weekend in 2022.