I doubt I was alone in thinking that deal was a huge win for the Warriors because they got an equivalent player who was a much better fit and the draft picks. I think that was a mix of Wiggins was already trending in the right direction toward being a solid player, Russell being hugely overrated, and positional fit. I also think there was a realistic hope from day 1 that Wiggins would become a much better defender on a well coached team.Yeah, he changed his entire perception even if the advanced stats don’t back it up. Was originally supposed to be the salary match in that deal and he turned out to be the prize (although that could potentially change). Just a perfect fir in GS.
I say this not to disagree with you, but to point out that the success of Wiggins on the Warriors is something that a lot of people saw as a reasonable probability outcome after that trade.