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VIDEO: Warriors’ Draymond Green speaks out on James Wiseman’s recent struggles

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Golden State Warriors All-Star power forward Draymond Green is understanding rookie teammate James Wiseman’s recent struggles.

“This is the first time in his life where he can’t step on the court and dominate everybody like he wants to dominate them,” Green said, via Anthony Slater of The Athletic. That takes some adjusting.”

Green gave a disclaimer that Wiseman has missed several games this season, which is a hurdle for anyone. For Green, the Warriors’ first-year center has been performing admirably considering his circumstances.

Green and Wiseman’s draft status could not be any more different. The former was a second-round pick, while the latter was drafted No. 2 overall, so it is understandable that he has been under the microscope of media and the fans more frequently.

Wiseman only plays for around 20 minutes a game, due to certain limitations of his game, especially on the defensive end. In 23 games, he has averaged 12.3 points, 5.8 boards, and 1.1 blocks.

Fortunately, time is on Wiseman’s side, as the Warriors’ young big man is just 19 years of age. At seven feet tall and 240 pounds, he has tantalizing, physical tools and is a natural scorer, so he can dominate the league in a few years. Green would be an excellent mentor to Wiseman and help unlock his potential.

The regularity of playing in the Finals for years took its toll on Golden State last season as they were riddled with injuries, which made for a forgettable year. This year, the team is making a hard push for the playoffs and more to maximize the prime years of their stars, thus the team can only play developing rookies so much, regardless of their talent.