The Golden State Warriors made a big roster move on Wednesday with All-Star guard Klay Thompson and forward James Wiseman. The two players had previously been sent down to the Santa Ana Warriors, Golden State's G-League team. Now, they are on their way back.
The team has recalled the two stars to join the big club, with the Warriors PR department posting the move on Twitter.
Warriors Recall Klay Thompson and James Wiseman from Santa Cruz pic.twitter.com/G8rAtn5qRX
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) December 16, 2021
Thompson and Wiseman have been rehabbing serious injuries sustained previously. Thompson tore his left ACL and right Achilles while Wiseman tore his right meniscus and had successful surgery to repair it.
Thompson and Wiseman had been getting time on the court with Santa Ana and were recalled a couple of weeks ago before being sent back down.
A lot has been made of Thompson's potential return, but Wiseman could be equally beneficial. The Warriors drafted Wiseman second overall in the 2020 NBA Draft and he appeared to live up to the draft stock prior to getting injured.
Despite not having two of the team's best players, the Warriors have been on a tear all season. Entering Wednesday night, they have the best record in the NBA at 23-5. Stephen Curry is having an MVP-type season, averaging 27 points, six rebounds, and six assists per game while hitting more than five three-pointers.
Despite dominating the league this season, in their lone matchup with the Phoenix Suns, the other elite team in the Western Conference, the Warriors got thoroughly outplayed.
It will be interesting to see how coach Steve Kerr decides to work his stars back into the fold.