The rest of the NBA has 14 games worth of James Wiseman tape to watch. The book is out on the big man after he entered the league as something of an unknown commodity with just three college games to his name.
Golden State player development coach Theo Robertson joined NBC Sports Bay Area’s Kerith Burke earlier this week on the latest Dubs Talk to share his thoughts on Wiseman’s growth. More specifically, what can the Warriors do to get more lobs to Wiseman and take advantage of his athleticism?
“Just like anything else in this game, it’s building chemistry,” Robertson said.
The Warriors were clicking in Wednesday night's 121-99 victory over the Spurs, which included a couple of memorable Wiseman alley-oops. The first came on a teardrop assist from Steph Curry in the final two-plus minutes of the first half.
Wiseman also got an easy dunk off a Draymond Green assist on some nice ball movement in the third quarter.
Wiseman finished with a career-high 20 points and coach Steve Kerr said it was "probably" the best game of his career.
It's a promising development for the talented rookie, who had been dealing with offensive adversity and foul trouble in recent games. Aside from Kelly Oubre Jr., the Warriors don’t have any true high-flyers, so Robertson said unlocking Wiseman’s potential will be key for the team going forward.
“For us, just having a guy that has an ability to play above the rim like that, at seven feet, seven-plus, we want to give anyone with that type of size the opportunity to get it up and not have to put it on the floor to go get a ball,” Robertson said. “That’s a dimension that we didn’t have last year.”
Robertson said that pick-and-roll actions with Wiseman could have a positive ripple effect on the rest of the offense. We got a glimpse of that on Wednesday night.
“That’s just going to be a bonus for us,” Robertson said. “When you have James coming out and setting hard screens for guys like Steph and rolling hard, then Draymond coming down the lane and being able to navigate those two-on-one situations. We’re really excited about that ability moving forward.”