KEY POINTS

  • The Golden State Warriors management aims to give James Wiseman more playing time
  • Wiseman has been falling behind in terms of performance compared to his fellow rookies
  • Steve Kerr may have to employ new philosophy and get Wiseman more involved

The Golden State Warriors are trying to figure out the best players to field during games, something that falls on the hands of head coach Steve Kerr.

One player that top management wants to see more is rookie pick James Wiseman, someone who showed promise when the 2020-21 NBA season started but has been sputtering.

Compared to Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves and LaMelo Ball of the Charlotte Hornets, there is no doubt that Wiseman has been not getting his fair share of playing time.

Both Edwards and Ball are averaging over 30 minutes, and the opportunity has worked to their advantage.

The same cannot be said for Wiseman. The second overall pick of the last NBA Draft has been getting only 20.8 minutes of action. He is averaging 11.8 points and 6.0 rebounds, numbers that could get better if Kerr gives him more time on the floor.

Now, Kerr may have to tweak some of his plans with word going around that Warriors management that some people within the organization want to see Wiseman more on the floor.

This was revealed by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne when she appeared on the "Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective" podcast.

"There is this sense of the faster you can get James Wiseman up to speed, the faster he can learn and grow from his mistakes within the system--with Draymond as his big brother mentoring him on the court, off the court...the better the franchise is going to transition," Shelburne said.

James Wiseman and Anthony Edwards James Wiseman #33 of the Golden State Warriors boxes out Anthony Edwards #1 of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Photo: Getty Images | Ezra Shaw

Wiseman was a starter for the Warriors when the 2020-21 NBA season started. That all changed when missed 11 games in late January due to a wrist injury.

It remains to be seen if his fortunes will change from here on, especially if it is true that Dubs front office wants the 7-footer to get more playing time to potentially unleash his talent.

If his first couple of games with the Warriors is any indication, the former Memphis Tiger could offer something special that the Dubs can look forward to in the coming NBA season.

It may all fall on the hands of the Warriors coaching staff. Reaping success from their patented small-ball philosophy, the truth is that the game has changed.

Adding to the fact that the main guns of the Warriors’ run have been dealing with setbacks, Kerr may want to veer in a different direction and put Wiseman to good use.