While James Wiseman is flourishing during his rookie season, it's natural that the Warriors center will face some tribulations.
The good news for the Warriors is that Wiseman doesn’t appear worried about his limited minutes or any struggles.
“Just staying humble, taking it one day at a time,” Wiseman said following the Warriors' 130-121 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday. “My time’s coming soon.”
Wiseman sprained his left wrist at the end of January and missed 11 games over three weeks -- and he no longer is one of the Warriors’ starters. Before that, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft was making a name for himself as a future superstar.
Draymond Green has taken Wiseman under his wing from the beginning. So when Wiseman takes a few steps back, Draymond will be the first guy to call him out on it.
“What’d he miss? Ten games? Eleven games?” Green told reporters after Friday's game. “That’s a setback. That’s 11 games of experience he missed. But saying that, we’re 34 games, so he’s about 23 games into his rookie year. All things considered, he’s playing damn good.”
Wiseman is averaging 12.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, and is showing signs of what he can become.
He’s proven himself, but it appears his mind might have him being a little hard on himself.
Draymond sees it.
“He’ll get better,” Draymond said. “Is he frustrated? I’m sure he is. This is the first time in his life where he can’t step on the court and dominate everybody like he wants to dominate them. That takes some adjusting.”
Wiseman will figure it out. He has got confidence and his game only will improve from there.
That will be his time.