Although the season is still young, the Golden State Warriors’ early performances haven’t exactly given them the reason for optimism, especially after they’ve lost four in a row following their most recent 130-129 loss to the previously 1-7 Orlando Magic. Despite playing at an absurd level, Stephen Curry’s team hasn’t been successful in winning.
Calls for the 2022 Finals MVP to be brought in have only grown louder as a result of this, particularly given how poorly the Warriors’ young prospects, led by James Wiseman, the second overall choice in 2020, have performed.
Wiseman’s most recent performance saw him given just 10 minutes of playing action and saw him rack up as many rebounds as fouls (three). Despite Wiseman’s inconsistent performances to start the year as he returns from the long-term injury he sustained in 2021, Steve Kerr is still optimistic about him.
“I think James has had a difficult couple of games, but I still have faith in him. In his postgame press conference, Kerr told the media, “I admire his talent and his attitude.
Anthony Slater says:
Steve Kerr on James Wiseman: It s been a tough couple games for James. But I m a believer. I love his talent, his attitude. But there s no shortcuts. pic.twitter.com/T13zize8QM
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 4, 2022
James Wiseman, a 21-year-old center, had his development impeded by his protracted absence, so Kerr advocated patience for both Warriors supporters and Wiseman himself. It’s best to learn some lessons the hard way, and Kerr is aware that Wiseman should confront his challenges head-on.
There are no quick cuts in any of this. As a very young athlete with little to no experience, you had to suffer your share of hardships. It takes time,” noted Kerr.
James Wiseman has only averaged 7.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game across nine games, showing that he still has a ways to go defensively. During his first season, he fouled out at a concerning rate of 5.2 times every 36 minutes; this year, that figure has risen to 6.8.
James Wiseman was given a tech after letting out some frustration pic.twitter.com/8EdB4jGXTs
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) November 4, 2022
Even if it will be difficult for now, the Warriors will strive to give the 7-foot big man the time he requires to grow into the player they hope he will become. Given that they selected him above All-Star point guard LaMelo Ball two years ago, their investment in him is significant.
Unfortunately, Steve Kerr and the Warriors are placing a significant wager that James Wiseman and other young players develop into top quality to surround Stephen Curry in what would be the latter stages of his career.
“We’re taking a broad view of James, JK, and Moses. The development plan is something we carefully consider every day because it doesn’t happen overnight. These individuals are employed; they will occasionally be in the rotation and occasionally not. Everything will depend on the season.