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Draymond Green reacts to James Wiseman losing starting job

Draymond Green, James Wiseman, Warriors

Rather than fret over losing his starting job to Kevon Looney, Golden State Warriors rookie James Wiseman viewed his new role as a chance to see the game from a different perspective. His mentor Draymond Green echoed his sentiments, adding that Wiseman is a critical part of the team’s success.

In the Warriors’ 130-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, Wiseman came off the bench for the first time in 16 games. Coach Steve Kerr opted to use Looney as part of the starting five, noting that the little tweak is to fix their defense in the opening minutes (via Nick Fridell of ESPN).

“Basically, you guys have heard me all year trying to establish ourselves as a defensive team, and the last two games have been really disappointing defensively, particularly right out of the gate, first quarter.”

Wiseman, the second overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft, took the move in stride. He viewed it not as a demotion but a step in aiding his development as a newcomer. The former Memphis standout, who’s averaging 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds, has struggled with consistency, a problem that most young players endure, including Green during his first few years in the NBA.

For Green, Wiseman remains a key player in their bounce-back campaign. The two big men have been linked this season as the former Defensive Player of the Year has taken the 19-year-old Wiseman under his wing, even barking at him during games.

James Wiseman’s reaction to Kerr’s decision shows how mature he already is. His move to the second unit might even be a blessing in disguise as the Warriors bench is in need of more production outside of Eric Paschall and Damion Lee.