Andrew Wiggins' Return Sparks Hope For Golden State Warriors' Championship Hopes

Photo: Instagram/Andrew Wiggins 

The news of Andrew Wiggins' return to the Golden State Warriors has given fans hope of their team's chances at a championship.

Even if the Warriors end up in the play-in, having Wiggins back is a significant improvement over a top-six seed without him.

With Wiggins in the lineup, the Warriors become a genuine threat to win the Western Conference and possibly claim their fifth NBA title in nine years.

Photo: Instagram/Andrew Wiggins 

Wiggins' impact on the team is tremendous, starting with his ability to defend elite wings with his size.

He can also contribute to the team's rebounding, which has been a weakness this season. His one-on-one creation and dependable shooting are also essential assets that the Warriors need to maximize their chances of winning.

Last season, Wiggins was the second-best player on a championship team, which means his addition to the Warriors is not just a nice-to-have but a potentially game-changing move.

With Gary Payton II and Donte DiVincenzo also on the team, the Warriors' defense becomes dangerous again, particularly in small lineups.

Although there's no word yet on when Wiggins will make his return, it's likely he'll try to get some of the rust off in one or two of the remaining regular-season games.

But the Warriors can't afford to mess around if Wiggins is out of rhythm because they still need to secure a spot in the playoffs.

The Warriors have three winnable games left, including OKC at home and games against Sacramento and Portland.

Whether they end up in the play-in or a top-six slot, the Warriors are in a far better position than before Wiggins' return.

The season-long struggles, particularly on the road, could be rendered moot as the team gears up for another run at a championship.

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Source: CBS Sports

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