5 Saints and their NBA Finals player comparisons

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C.J. Gardner-Johnson, New Orleans Saints. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints
Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Saints Player No. 2: Jameis Winston — Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins

This one took the most careful thought, but we’re pretty satisfied with our player comparisons.

Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins arguably just played the game of his life in Game 5 of the Finals, leading the Warriors to victory with 26 points and 13 rebounds and shooting 52 percent from the field. After six middling seasons on the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wiggins has finally evolved into an elite two-way player on the Warriors, and he’s currently enjoying his best season to date.

The former No. 1 overall pick in 2014 has improved his numbers across the board from field goal percentage to three point shooting to his defensive stats, and without Wiggins, the Warriors may not have made it this far in the playoffs.

Also a former No.1 pick? Jameis Winston. Like Wiggins, Winston suffered early in his career as the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Bucs, earning the nickname “Mr. 30-30” and seemingly bottling out as a huge bust.

When NOLA signed him, Winston got a second chance to prove his worth in the league, and he put together a decent season in 2021 before getting injured. In 2022, Winston has the potential to be for the Saints what Wiggins is for Golden State: an under-the-radar MVP.