Wiggins’ dunk will forever change his reputation

There are two Andrew Wigginses.

There is the Wiggins that existed before his fourth-quarter dunk on Luka Dončić Sunday night in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, and the Wiggins that emerged from the play that will prove to be the definitive highlight of the Warriors’ run to a sixth Western Conference Championship in eight years.

If you have been paying attention to the Warriors this postseason, you know that there is no actual difference between these two Wigginses — just as you’ll know the Warriors are one win away from the NBA Finals after the wing’s 27 point performance in a 109 -100 victory in Dallas.

But the change is not of the player himself, but rather the perception of him.

The playoffs are where reputations are cemented and legacies created.

Yes, the most of the folks having these about those inchoate and fanciful conversations aren’t actually watching the games, but we know they’ll see the highlight of Wiggins taking off from just past the bottom of the free-throw circle, elevating a level (or two) above the rim, snatching Dončić’s soul on the way up and two points for the Dubs on the way down.

The dunk won’t be part of the first line of Wiggins’ basketball obituary, but it will be the first thing that people will see when they search him on Google or YouTube — and isn’t that a bigger deal?

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