Wiseman's HS opponent issues message about Warriors rookie originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
James Wiseman has had some ups and downs through 16 games, but it's very fair to say that he has exceeded expectations so far.
The 7-foot rookie is averaging 11.8 points per game, while shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 33.3 percent (6-for-18) from beyond the arc.
And he has delivered several "holy moly, this guy can be very special" plays.
WISEMAN WITH THE BLOCK AND SLAM 😤 pic.twitter.com/6ZSoxAHBJX
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) December 30, 2020
Make way for Wiseman 😤 pic.twitter.com/izW41cCZFF
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 11, 2021
But the reality is that he is nowhere close to being a finished product. And that is pretty scary for the rest of the NBA.
“My message to whoever is defending him right now is that two or three years from now ... it’s going to be a lot tougher," Gavin Schoenwald, who played against Wiseman in high school, recently told The Athletic's Daniel Brown.
Wiseman has the physical tools and the work ethic to maximize his potential, and everybody within the Warriors organization raves about his character and coachability.
But Dub Nation needs to stay patient with the 19-year-old, who has a lot to learn. And it doesn't make it any easier to be playing for a team that wants to win as many games as possible and is not in rebuilding mode.
As Draymond Green said back in late December:
Draymond Green on James Wiseman: "The fun part is he don't have a fu*king clue about what he's actually doing. He don't even know the basics. That is exciting because he's gonna learn those basics. But to see what he's able to do not having a clue ... is very exciting."
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) December 27, 2020
Wiseman will be back in action Monday night as the Warriors host the Minnesota Timberwolves.