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How Wiseman reminds Wanamaker of former Celtics teammate

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Brad Wanamaker took the court with James Wiseman for the first time Monday morning.

After shootaround Tuesday, the Warriors guard offered his initial impression on the No. 2 overall pick in last month's NBA draft.

“Very talented guy who is very energetic,” Wanamaker told the media. “Him being able to do certain things is definitely going to open the floor for a lot of guys.

"It’s exciting to see him out there, and it’s exciting to play with him."

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Does Wiseman remind Wanamaker of anybody he has seen before?

"When I was [with the Boston Celtics], we had a guy named Robert Williams," he explained. "Very similar to Robert Williams as far as athletic ability. Obviously, I haven't really played with James too much yet.

"But from a quick glimpse, that is somebody that I could see he's comparable to."

Williams, the No. 27 overall pick in 2018, averaged 5.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 0.8 steals in 13.4 minutes per game last season.

Golden State, obviously, expects Wiseman to have a much better career than Williams, but Boston's backup big man is someone who plays high above the rim.

So it's understandable why Wanamaker mentioned Williams.

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The 31-year-old gave one more thought on Wiseman.

“He’s very mature, and he has a very good IQ for the game," Wanamaker said. "Just seeing little spurts of what he can do, you can tell he's been around guys who know how to play basketball.”

 

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