The Golden State Warriors’ center James Wiseman suffered a wrist injury that had him on the bench since the start of this month. He suffered this injury against Detroit Pistons on 30th January. Subsequently, the Warriors have been playing without a center ever since. However, there is good news around the corner as Wiseman will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Veteran Kevin Looney was supposed to play in Wiseman’s place for the time being. However, Looney got injured in the very next game. Since then, the Golden State Warriors do not have any player taller than 6’7″ in their lineup. However, the 19-year-old rookie is pretty optimistic about his return on the court.
James Wiseman on his injury:
When asked about updates on his injury, James Wiseman said that he expects to return fairly soon. “With a sprained wrist you don’t know if it will be one week, two weeks or three, so I’m just following each procedure, but there are no setbacks,” Wiseman said. “I’m just trying to improve and get better each day and it’s definitely getting better so I can’t wait to get back out there.”
James Wiseman and Kevon Looney went through some non-contact work early at practice today for the Warriors. Both out tomorrow against the Heat. Re-evaluation for Looney coming Wednesday, Wiseman coming Thursday.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 17, 2021
According to coach Steve Kerr, the rookie center was able to take part in the warm-ups and non-contact training procedures.
Further, Wiseman was the no.2 overall draft pick for the Warriors in 2020.
Wiseman performs in his rookie season
Throughout this season, “The Big Ticket” has performed exceptionally well offensively. Subsequently, he has played 20 games with an average of 12.2 points per game and 6.1 rebounds. Wiseman also has great 3-point shooting ability, which is rare for a player in his position. He has made 40.9% of his shots from behind the arc.
Despite his great offensive ability, Wiseman does not have excellent defensive stats. His net rating of -5.4 is the second-worst on the entire Golden State Warriors team. When Steve Kerr was asked about Looney and Wiseman, he said, “They’re coming along nicely”. He also added, “Both guys are looking good and I wouldn’t expect them to be out too much longer. I don’t have a date for you, but I suspect at some point on this road trip coming up we’ll see both guys.”
Ever since the injury, the Warriors have operated with a small-ball approach which has fetched them wins so far. Further, Kerr has used Draymond Green as a makeshift center, mainly focusing on offense. With the possible return of James Wiseman, it will be interesting to see how the Warriors line up.