Warriors’ James Wiseman causing “tension” in organization
For the Golden State Warriors, this season has lead them to a point where they find themselves right at .500, and in 9th place in the Western Conference. Stephen Curry has been fabulous, Kelly Oubre has shaken off some early-season cobwebs, and Andrew Wiggins has been a quality player for the Warriors. James Wiseman, however, has been on a choppy ride so far throughout his rookie season. Golden State selected Wiseman with the number two overall pick in last year’s draft. It appears that the Warriors’ brain trust are at a crossroads on what to do with Wiseman’s workload.
According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne, there is some tension in the Warriors’ front office as they try to balance their current situation. Shelbourne states that some want to roll Wiseman out for the rest of this season with an expanded workload, to let him make mistakes and grow from them while continuing to fine-tune his game.
Yes, the Warriors are in 9th in the Western Conference currently, but keep in mind the top ten teams in each conference get a shot this year with the 7 through 10 spots playing for the final two seeds. So the Warriors are right in the mix in the west.
Other Warriors front office members want to do what’s best for the team now, in the present moment to win this year.
It’s become somewhat of a sensitive spot as the Warriors figure out how to navigate this situation the rest of the season. Most don’t view Golden State as a legitimate title threat this year, but once you get into the playoffs, all bets are out the window.
What Golden State chooses to do with Wiseman now through the rest of the season can impact him heading into the offseason. The rookie is averaging just 20.8 minutes per game, pouring in 11.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest.