December 2, 2022

The Warriors' James Wiseman is headed to the G League for the long haul

The Warriors’ James Wiseman is headed to the G League for the long haul

San Francisco — James Wiseman Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Monday night that the Golden State Warriors’ Santa Cruz Warriors will go down on Tuesday for a long time.

Kerr said Weizmann’s mission could last up to 10 consecutive days. The team informed Weizmann of this decision Sunday.

“I don’t look at this as a cut,” Weizmann told reporters Monday night. “I’m just ready to go out there and hoop.”

Wiseman, the second-place finisher in 2020, dropped out of the Golden State rotation and didn’t play in the Warriors’ three games before Monday’s 130-95 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

Against the Spurs, Weisman was -6 in eight minutes, finishing with two points, two rebounds and three assists. The Warriors weren’t expecting much from Wiseman on Monday, as he’s had a bit of a rusty streak over the past week, but has been struggling all season.

Among Warriors players who will play 25 minutes this season, Weisman’s offensive, defensive, and net efficiencies — 99.7, 124.1, and -24.2 — all rank last on the team, according to ESPN Stats & Information Research.

“He needs actors. He needs to play,” Kerr said. “It’s not easy when you don’t get minutes.”

Monday was only the 50th NBA game of Weizmann’s career during his first three years. He played 27 games during his rookie season in 2020-21 before being sidelined with a meniscus injury he suffered in April 2021. Multiple setbacks from that injury kept him out the entirety of last season, with the exception of three G League games in which he averaged. 17 points, nine rebounds and one assist.

During the Summer League, Weisman played four games and averaged 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in less than 20 minutes per game.

The Warriors have a successful track record of sending players to the G League prior to being called up. Jordan Paulwho against the Spurs scored 36 points on 13-of-20 shooting, including 5-of-10 from 3, is the most recent example.

During Paul’s sophomore season in 2020-21, he spent 11 games with Santa Cruz, including a stint in the G-League bubble, where he averaged 22.4 points in 33.5 minutes. In his next season with the Warriors, Paul averaged 18.5 points per game and started in place of Clay Thompson before Thompson returned from injury.

“I say [Wiseman] This is not a reduction. “That’s not a punishment,” Paul said… I’m telling him to go out there and take 50 bullets, be aggressive, bring the tech, stick to the rim, just do it all. Only so he can understand what he wants to be at the highest level. This is just a step in that direction.”

The Santa Cruz Warriors play their next game on Sunday against the South Bay Lakers.