James Wiseman has had to do plenty of watching and waiting since the Warriors drafted him with the second overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
As he spent the past 15 months recovering from a meniscus tear and subsequent rehab complications, the 21-year-old used that time to learn from his older teammates and absorb what he could during their NBA Finals run.
But now, Wiseman is back on the court -- and has found one key piece of advice from Golden State veteran Draymond Green that rings true.
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“Draymond told me, though, it’s good to watch, but you have to experience it,” Wiseman told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Dalton Johnson on the latest episode of “Dubs Talk.”
With only 39 regular-season games under his belt, Wiseman recently returned to the floor for the first time since April 10, 2021, for 2022 NBA Summer League action and appeared in four games with zero setbacks.
Wiseman lived up to expectations, averaging 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in just under 20 minutes per game while offering up dream-worthy sequences the Warriors would love to see replicated this season.
The experience was invaluable, he told Johnson, and now he can combine what he learns through playing the game with what he gained by watching.
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“Me being out there and me playing with the team this summer league and just being out there and playing again, and just experiencing how everything is going, I learned a lot more because I’ve already watched it,” Wiseman said. “Now just playing, and actually playing it out in physical form … I’m learning so much more stuff.”
Wiseman and his 7-foot frame certainly will be an asset to the Warriors this season.
And as he gains more experience, the best is yet to come.