Should Golden State Warriors Be Worried About James Wiseman’s Long-term Prospects Following New Injury Woes?

Published 09/20/2021, 11:30 PM EDT
Jan 20, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman (33) high fives forward Draymond Green (23) as a time out is called by the San Antonio Spurs during the third quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


With the NBA season as close as ever, teams are starting off with their training camps. This is a time at which teams also see how their players gel together. Hence, it is an important process. However, there is some bad news in the Golden State Warriors camp.

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Center James Wiseman is entering his second season in the NBA. The former number 2 overall pick made a good name for himself in the time he participated. Unfortunately, injuries cut short his rookie season. He underwent surgery for his torn meniscal in April and is estimated to return around October.

Mar 4, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman (right) drives to the basket against Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric in the first half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

While there is a good chance he will be a part of next season, training camp is a whole different story.

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James Wiseman misses training camp yet again

Wiseman has been a promising talent for the Warriors. However, his luck and injuries have not favored him. With the training camp set to begin soon, he expected to take part. But, recovery is far from it.

Recent reports show that Wiseman cannot participate in any jumping activity until October 15. This marks the second season that Wiseman will miss a full training camp since coming in. Because of this, his transition has been a tough one as well.

While he has shown his talent, he hasn’t been able to adjust to the NBA game. The Warriors big man couldn’t take part in a full training camp in his rookie year after testing positive for COVID. Now, he can’t take part because he is yet to recover from his injury.

Wiseman’s luck did more damage, as he couldn’t play summer league either. Last season, the NBA Summer League didn’t take place due to health and safety. What does Wiseman missing a part of training camp mean for the Bay?

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Where does this leave the Golden State Warriors?

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Ahead of training camp, the Warriors may look to add a big man into their roster. While there is no doubt that Wisemen will be starting, they lack a big man, even for training camp.

Dec 22, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman (33) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets power forward Jeff Green (8) and Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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The only big that they have right now is Kevon Looney. Apart from him, the Warriors are entering training camp without an actual big. With Wiseman’s transition being difficult in the first place, this adds insult to injury.

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It won’t be easy for Golden State Warriors to live with this loss. But their main focus will be on Wiseman’s full recovery so he can gear up for the season effectively. Hence, while there may be bad news, the Warriors should focus on the positive side and hope Wiseman can be at full health when the season starts.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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