James Wiseman contributed a rebounding and intense eight minutes of defense in the Golden State Warrior’s victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Christmas Day one month ago. He might have another chance on Wednesday night to take on the Grizzlies dynasty.
James Wiseman is expected to play in tomorrow’s Warriors vs. Memphis game. He has missed the last 11 games due to an ankle injury. Anthony Slater claims that Andre Iguodala has been released.
Even though the squad didn’t engage in a scrimmage on Tuesday, Wiseman participated in practice. After Jonathan Kuminga and JaMychal Green made their comebacks last week, he’s on track to give the Warriors practically a full-strength lineup for the rematch against Memphis.
Wiseman has been out for under a month after spending a month with Santa Cruz in the G League. He was playing approximately eight minutes per game when he wasn’t out, but more in routs, scoring a career-high 30 points against the Brooklyn Nets. Since his return, Wiseman improved as a rebounder and rim protector, but as has frequently happened in his three-year career, his development was hampered by injuries.
Wiseman has always looked a lot better when he has been able to get regular playing time, whether it is in the NBA or the G League. This is a straightforward analysis. To truly understand NBA basketball, he needs six monotonous weeks where he plays only 10-15 minutes every game.
Golden State needs more big men to give Draymond Green and Kevon Looney more time to recover and keep Anthony Lamb from becoming a one-trick pony. Although the Grizzlies shoot close to the basket more than virtually any other team, Wiseman was influential in the first game versus Memphis at discouraging players down low (33.9 attempts per game within five feet of the hoop). He should be allowed to prove his mettle against this club while defending the rim and forcing Steven Adams to work a little harder for his expected rebounds.
Wiseman might finally be a member of a successful Warriors squad if he can maintain his competent play. Or, at the very least, he could demonstrate enough by the trade deadline in two weeks that he is not a concern.