Andrew Wiggins' dad played in the NBA and his mom is an Olympic silver medallist

Joshua Rogers June 14, 2022
Andrew Wiggins' dad played in the NBA and his mom is an Olympic silver medallist
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After stand-out performances in the NBA Finals we take a look at Andrew Wiggins’ dad Mitchell, who played in the NBA, and his mom, Marita, who won an Olympic silver medal.

Being the No.1 overall pick in the NBA draft brings a huge weight of expectation. While nobody was dubbing Andrew Wiggins a ‘bust’ after his time in Cleveland and Minnesota, it was fair to say he hadn’t lived up to his billing.

However, the Canadian has revitalised his career after landing in Golden State and, despite playing in the same team as Steph Curry, is making a case for himself as Finals MVP.

Warriors man excels in Game 5 win

Wiggins finished Game 5 of the Finals vs the Boston Celtics with 26 points on 12-of-23 shooting, with 13 rebounds, two steals, two assists and one block as the Warriors won 104-94 to take a 3-2 series lead.

The 27-year-old was the spark the Warriors desperately needed as Steph Curry had an uncharacteristically bad night from beyond the arc, missing all nine of his three-point attempts.

Wiggins has also been a menace on the defensive end throughout the series and a nightmare match-up for Jayson Tatum.

The former Kansas Jayhawk held Boston to 7-of-16 shooting while leading the Warriors in both scoring and rebounding, the first time he has ever done so.

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What we know about Andrew Wiggins’ parents

The Warriors star was born in Toronto, Canada, on 23 February 1995. Andrew Wiggins’ parents are dad Mitchell Wiggins and mom Marita Payne-Wiggins. They met as student athletes at Florida State University.

Andrew’s father is a former NBA player and shooting guard. He had spells with the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers. He also played for the US national basketball team at the 1982 FIBA World Championship, winning a silver medal.

Andrew’s mother Marita is a former Olympic track and field sprinter who is originally from Barbados but has Canadian citizenship. She is the co-Canadian record holder in the 400m, and previously held the Canadian record in the 200m. She also won a silver medal in the 1984 Olympic Games in the 4x100m relay.

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Wiggins has five siblings

Andrew Wiggins has five siblings. He has two older brothers, Nicholas and Mitchell Jr, who both played college basketball. Mitchell Jr played for Southeastern University and Nicholas Wiggins played for the Idaho Stampede (now the Salt Lake City Stars) in the NBA G League. They were both drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters in 2014.

Wiggins also has three sisters: Stephanie, Angelica and Taya.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.