There was a lot of hype surrounding James Wiseman of the Golden State Warriors before the start of the 2022-23 season.
Although he missed the previous season with a knee injury, Wiseman has been strong in 2020-21 averaging 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds.
Wiseman’s return was seen as a chance for the Warriors to improve a lot, especially defensively.
It was not so.
James Wiseman is heading to the G League. https://t.co/Ppt4ed0NQx pic.twitter.com/gcwMlHV9Ov
— theScore (@theScore) November 15, 2022
Due to his struggles, Wiseman is now sent to Warriors’ G League team, the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Wiseman will play for the team for up to 10 days and the hope is that the 21-year-old center will be able to hone his game and improve his skills during that time.
Why is this necessary and will it lead to the outcome the Warriors want?
Sage in trouble
So far this season, Wiseman has averaged 6.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and just one assist in 13.4 minutes over 11 games.
He’s not the kind of player the Warriors expected.
You can’t necessarily blame the youngster as he spent an entire year off the pitch which will definitely have a huge impact on a player’s abilities.
Still, the Warriors need Wiseman to step in because he has truly been seen as the future of the team.
Wiseman hasn’t played a game since the Warriors faced the San Antonio Spurs.
During this game, he had only 2 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists.
The hope is that playing in the G League will allow Wiseman to have a lot more time on the ball.
Indeed, he will be the biggest star of the team and can play as much as he wants and train a lot.
He said he doesn’t see the move as a demotion and that’s the kind of attitude the Warriors want him to have.