Few of the top footballers have had the same difficulty in recent years Golden State Warriors The choice of the big man and former No. 2 James Wiseman. After displaying flashes of his immense potential during his rookie year in 2020-2021, the Memphis producer fell prey to a meniscus tear, which was followed by a wild and sporadic rehab.
In the end, the 21-year-old found himself unable to return to the Warriors squad in 2021-22, even after advancing to the point where he was playing games in the G League.
Fans were given new reason to get excited about Wiseman, though, earlier this month when he was able to join Golden State’s entry into the Las Vegas Summer League. Not only that – he made his presence known by averaging 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and a pair of blocks over four games.
Wiseman also raised eyebrows by knocking down a pair of three-point buckets, something that Dub Nation had been teasing during the junior season as well. However, a high-ranking league executive has expressed doubts that shooting from the depths will be a normal part of his repertoire in the future.
GM: Warriors will keep Weizmann in his lane
Speaking with Heavy.com’s Shaun Daveney, GM spoke at the Eastern Conference about Wiseman’s tendency to attempt long-range shots. He revealed that this aspect of the basketball mega-man’s psyche was something they recorded during the pre-draft process.
“He wants to shoot all three. The GM said they wouldn’t let him, but he wants to.” That was one of the questions we asked of him before that draft — he wants to be an offensive player, he wants to handle the ball, he wants to shoot the ball, he wants to be Giannis. .”
Whatever he might want, the fact is, the Warriors are blessed with an abundance of elite playmakers in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, and others. GM believes that Weizmann must contend with this fact.
“They don’t need him to do that, though, and that was one of the hardships they’ve been through, just getting him to work his way up and understand, he can build from there. But you’re playing with two of the great shooters in NBA history, let them shoot. There are some. The conflict is there.”
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As a novice, Wiseman called 12 of his 38 attempts from a long range with a conversion rate of 31.6%. While these numbers promise that he could become a level of deep threat as his career develops, there’s no doubting where he really baked with butter.
In attempts within three feet of the hoop, Wiseman saw the ball go through the net 79.4% of the time as a first-year professional. And despite making only 39 appearances, he finished the season with 84 profitable games.
Honestly, that kind of threat in the tin is something the Warriors haven’t had since JaVale McGee was rolling and flailing in the bay. And it’s not hard to imagine Wiseman playing a similar role to Dubs as they line-up in their title defense next season.
The GM added, “If you’re a warrior, you have to hope to get him to watch the team really win a championship with him – hey, these guys are the best in the world without me, they don’t need me, I need to find a way I can help them.”
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