NBA coach states Wiseman ‘in over his head’ at center for Dubs originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
As James Wiseman spends time working on his game in the G League, one rival Western Conference coach isn’t sure if the former No. 2 overall draft pick has what it takes to play center for the defending NBA champion Warriors.
“He has looked [like he’s] in over his head,” the unnamed coach told Sean Deveney of Heavy Sports. “You can’t have him on the floor with Draymond [Green] because they get real easy to guard with them together. And you can’t have him out there with a big role with the second unit because he is not good enough to carry that group.
“What do you do with him? I don’t think they know, so he is going to be down there [in the G League] because at least you know he will be on the floor.”
After the Warriors’ blowout win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, coach Steve Kerr announced Wiseman would be spending an “extended period of time” with the team’s G League affiliate in Santa Cruz starting Tuesday.
His first game will be against the South Bay Lakers on Saturday night. It will be Wiseman’s third G League game of his career after playing two with the Santa Cruz Warriors last year.
The 7-foot-1 center’s performance has been inconsistent in his return to the court for the 2022-23 NBA season, playing for the first time since April 2021 after recovering from a torn meniscus.
Wiseman played just nine minutes against the Spurs and didn’t see the floor in each of Golden State’s previous three games.
The 21-year-old’s third year in the league hasn’t gone exactly to plan, even though he came into this season having played just 39 NBA games. Still, Wiseman told Deveney he isn’t paying attention to those who doubt if he’ll ever live up to lottery-pick expectations.
“I have been through a lot of hard times,” Wiseman told Deveney. “I have seen the negative side of social media in terms of myself. I don’t entertain that stuff anymore because it is negative and it is all gossip.
“I just focus on my priorities, getting in the gym and [getting] better,…
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Publish date : 2022-11-19 17:28:02
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