Two things James Wiseman must work on in the G League in Zach Lowe’s opinion

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James Wiseman’s third NBA season took a shocking however obligatory flip this week when the Warriors determined to assign him to their G League affiliate in Santa Cruz.

Finally wholesome, Wiseman has not been capable of finding a constant function with the Warriors this season, and when he performed, he struggled.

So, following the Warriors’ win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night time, coach Steve Kerr introduced that Wiseman would spend at the very least 10 days with Santa Cruz.

While Wiseman has so much to work on, ESPN’s NBA analyst Zach Lowe highlighted two particular areas the place he desires to see the 7-foot middle enhance.

“So Jordan Poole stated, ‘Go and shoot all the photographs you need,’ however in that sense, the G League is simpler for guards than for large males,” Lowe stated on “NBA Today” on Tuesday. “The guards deliver the ball up, they’ll shoot. I do not assume James Wiseman must work on taking pictures all the photographs that he desires. I feel he must work on two things if he desires to suit in with the Warriors. No. 1 is pick-and-roll protection. There’s simply manner an excessive amount of airspace on protection when he is the low man in pick-and-roll. Too straightforward pocket passes.”

Lowe provides that Wiseman’s footwork and defensive positioning wants work, though struggles on that finish are to be anticipated from a younger huge man.

“And the second factor is passing. I do not need him to shoot all the photographs he desires. I need him to get frisky as a passer, strive some daring passes to back-door cutters and a few no-look passes. Try some stuff that will get you into the fast-moving manner the Warriors play. Because that is one other weak spot in his sport. They’re going to want him in some unspecified time in the future, and like Kendra [Andrews] stated, he wants reps. He’s not going to get reps proper now.”

In 11 video games off the bench with the Warriors this season, Wiseman is averaging 6.8 factors and three.8 rebounds in 13.4 minutes.

This is not Wiseman’s first G League stint as he appeared in two video games final season whereas rehabbing his surgically repaired knee.

Wiseman’s first probability to work on his sport comes Saturday night time as the Sea Dubs host the South Bay Lakers at Kaiser Permanente Arena.

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Santa Cruz performs a back-to-back on the street at the Salt Lake City Stars on Monday and Tuesday. It’s unclear if Wiseman will play in one or each of these video games.

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