What Injury Is Warriors’ James Wiseman Suffering From? Will He Miss the Rest of the Season?

Published 04/13/2021, 2:17 AM EDT
Jan 20, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman (33) dunks the ball against the San Antonio Spurs during the third quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors had a great pickup in the 2020 NBA draft as they drafted former Memphis big man, James Wiseman. Given the massive potential he had shown in his limited time, it was surely a risk worth taking.

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So far, the 20-year-old has seen a mixed season with the Dubs. Given the lack of experience he has, the 7’0 center hasn’t seen as much playing time as peers LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards. But in the limited time that the big man has been on the court, he has shown flashes of becoming a star center in the league and a lock in the Warriors’ frontcourt.

Wiseman’s scary knee injury

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The injury bug hasn’t spared anyone this season. Be it MVP candidates LeBron James or Joel Embiid or ROTY candidate LaMelo Ball, injuries have been the major talking point for the league so far. Now, Wiseman is another addition to the growing list of injured players in the league.

Playing against the Houston Rockets, the 20-year-old was given extended minutes and looked pretty good for the Dubs. In a fast break led by Jordan Poole, Wiseman was the roll partner and looked primed to score. After Poole passed it to him, Wiseman took the leap and went for an easy dunk, but he was denied by Rockets rookie Kenyon Martin Jr.

While he was in mid-air with the rejection, the number 2 pick had a pretty awkward landing that was especially on his right leg. Wiseman was clearly in a lot of discomfort from the awkward fall and was immediately taken out of the game.

Upon assessment, ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the rookie had indeed suffered from a terrible meniscus tear. Renowned orthopedic surgeon Nirav Pandya recently took to Twitter to explain Wiseman’s latest injury.

How does Wiseman’s injury affect the Golden State Warriors?

The latest injury to Wiseman is an addition to an already growing injury list of injuries for the Dubs. Even Steph Curry suffered from a tailbone injury recently.

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The rookie is set to miss a minimum of 4-6 weeks, and this will have pretty adverse effects on the Dubs. If Wiseman could have developed his frontcourt game, he could have been the starting center for the team for the next season.

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

But with this latest injury, his progress will surely be halted. The Warriors will now be in search of a veteran center in the off-season. They surely will be making some much-needed tweaks to the roster.

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The Dubs can approach this situation in two ways; they either keep Wiseman in the roster or trade him away in a package for another superstar. What do you think the Dubs should do in next season’s off-season?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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