Warriors rookie James Wiseman reveals the nickname he absolutely hates, proposes 2 alternatives
James Wiseman, or “Big Jim” as the Golden State Warriors like to call him, was selected with the No. 2 overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the 2020 NBA Draft. Wiseman was lucky to have been drafted by the Warriors, as he was given the opportunity to play alongside players such as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson (when he gets back), and Draymond Green—players that know what it takes to win it all.
Along with fostering a winning culture in the Bay, these players are also known to have a lot of fun on and off the court, making Wiseman the best target for their antics.
When talking to Kerith Burke of NBC Sports Bay Area about the nicknames he has received his rookie year, Wiseman reflected on one he was not too particularly fond of, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic:
James Wiseman asked by @KerithBurke about nicknames: "Big Jim is not it. I don't like that at all." Mentioned J-Wise or J Dub.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 26, 2021
The Warriors are not going to care if “Big Jim” likes “J-Wise” or “J Dub” better, as the rookie has no say in the veterans’ decisions. Earlier in the season, Green talked about his mentorship of Wiseman and helping him become a massive force down low. If that included some jawing and insults, so be it.
In the 22 games he has played so far, he has averaged 12.2 points and 5.9 rebounds a game. Though sidelined for a lot of the season due to his wrist injury, he has much to prove when he gets back on the court. The center out of Memphis not only has to prove that he can contribute to the Warriors’ campaign to the playoffs, but also help the relatively small Warriors lineup on the boards if he wants to be called anything but “Big Jim.”
Until then, this nickname will be stuck to him for a while.