Monday, February 6 2023

On Tuesday, the Golden State Warriors are sending center James Wiseman to the G League, according to coach Steve Kerr. The main goal is for the Memphis product to receive reps.

While with the Santa Cruz Warriors, the team’s G League affiliate, Wiseman is expected to participate for 10 consecutive days or longer. He’s averaging 13.4 minutes per game this season with Golden State.

According to some NBA betting sites, the Warriors possess the third-best odds to win the championship in 2023. A few sportsbooks still show higher odds for the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics.

“What I love about James is that he’s got incredible character and work ethic, and care for the team,” said Kerr. “An unbelievable teammate. Wise is all in on the team.

Because of his talent, because of all those characteristics I just talked about, I’m a huge believer that long-term he’s gonna be a really good player. But he needs reps, he needs to play, and it’s not easy when you don’t get minutes. It’s hard for anybody.”

Warriors send center James Wiseman to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA G League

Wiseman was selected second overall by the Warriors in the 2020 NBA Draft. In 39 appearances of his rookie 2020-21 season, the center averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting 51.9% from the field.

However, the Tennessee native missed all of last season due to a torn meniscus in his right knee. In April 2021, Wiseman sustained the injury and then underwent surgery to repair his meniscus.

In two appearances with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the 2021-22 season, the center averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 boards, and 1.5 blocks. Plus, he shot 56% from the floor.

During the NBA 2K23 Summer League, Wiseman logged 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game in four appearances with Golden State.

Through 11 games off the bench this season, the center is averaging 6.8 points, 3.8 boards, and 1.0 assist. He’s also shooting 58.8% from the field.

On Oct. 23, in the Warriors’ 130-125 win over the Sacramento Kings, Wiseman ended his performance with a season-high 14 points in 20 minutes of action. In addition to shooting 5-of-7 (71.4%) from the floor, he contributed 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists as well.

If James Wiseman spends 11 days with the Warriors’ G League affiliate, this means the center will likely return for Golden State’s matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, Nov. 27. Though, per Kerr, there’s no timetable for his return.

Source: Basketball Insider

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