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Steve Kerr reveals his plan to utilize James Wiseman

James Wiseman, Steve Kerr, Warriors

After the Golden State Warriors’ win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, coach Steve Kerr seemed to have found the perfect plan to utilize rookie stalwart James Wiseman.

Per Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Kerr said he plans to insert Wiseman as part of the second unit at the beginning of the second quarter and the fourth period.

Statistics and observation reveal that Wiseman was pretty effective in his specified role for the Warriors. It initially looked like an experiment from Kerr especially since they were without Stephen Curry. But Warriors fans should expect a similar role for Wiseman moving forward.

Wednesday marked Wiseman’s second game back since January 30 after injuring his right wrist. Prior to the injury, the second overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft was relegated to the bench—a new role that he welcomed with opened arms. Wiseman said last month that this will give him a chance to look at the game from a different point of view with hopes of adjusting more to the NBA-style of play (via NBC Sports).

“I look at it as a learning experience. It’s nothing bad at all, just due to the fact that we’re figuring the rotations and stuff. But everything’s coming together. I’m most definitely learning over there (on the bench) more, so it’s really helpful for my development as a basketball player.”

It’s certainly been an interesting year for James Wiseman and the Warriors. It’s been a season of infinite adjustments with hopes of finding the team’s identity.