Considering he’s the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft, relatively few have seen Warriors center James Wiseman play an organized basketball game. He suited up for just three contests at Memphis before a suspension (due to recruiting violations) compelled him to forget about college and prepare for the NBA draft.
Plus, an early bout of COVID-19 has held him out of Golden State’s first two preseason games. But Wiseman is on the mend and participated in practice with his teammates on Dec. 14, just before the Warriors lost a preseason game the next day in Sacramento.
Stephen Curry looked like himself against the Kings, however, scoring 29 points in 28 minutes. After the game, he said this about his new teammate, the 19-year-old rookie, James Wiseman.
The hope certainly is that Wiseman can develop into a superstar, so Curry isn’t the only one that wants to see him in an organized ballgame. And an injection of talented, energetic youth could be just what Curry and fellow former champion, forward Draymond Green, need as they pass 30-years of age.
But mostly, it’s the talent. And for now, Warriors fans will have to deal with clips like this from the Warriors’ official Twitter account.
That puppy has hops, to say the least, aided by his 7-foot-6 wingspan and 7-foot-1 height, which add up to a 9-foot-6 inch standing reach. It appears Golden State fans will have to wait a bit longer to see him in a game, also per The Athletic’s Anthony Slater.
But Wiseman will be ready to hit the floor soon. He’s got the physical tools and the energy, and it’s Curry and Green’s job to make sure Wiseman learns all the tricks needed to help the Warriors reopen their championship window.