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Wiseman's trainer explains best part of Warriors rookie's game

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Steve Kerr, Steph Curry, Draymond Green and several other members of the Warriors organization this week have been asked for their first impression of James Wiseman.

And the main theme from all of their answers has been ...

... the No. 2 pick in last month's NBA draft plays with an incredible amount of energy.

The man who trained Wiseman in Miami throughout the pre-draft process -- Andrew Moran -- shares the same sentiment.

“He goes hard,” Moran told The Athletic's Marcus Thompson. “Every time we worked with him, this dude could do more and more. I think he can be an instant contributor because of how hard he plays when he goes in.

"And he’s playing with Steph Curry and Draymond [Green]. I see him contributing immediately. He’s a quiet kid. Really nice. But his competitive energy and how hard he plays is incredible. 

"The best part of his game is his motor, in my opinion. Even with all that skill he has, the best part of his game is how hard he goes and how much he wants to compete.”

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That truly is a ringing endorsement, and is music to the ears of Warriors fans everywhere.

Don't forget what Draymond said about the 7-foot-center Monday.

 

"You can teach positioning, but you can't teach high energy," the three-time NBA champion told the media. "It seems to me as if he's gonna be a sponge. He asks a bunch of questions. You need some answers, that's the right thing to do. It's nothing to be shy about. He's definitely been paying attention.

"He didn't look too bad out there. Sometimes first practice you're a little giddy and all over the place -- which was the case. But like I said, you'd much rather coach that up than trying to tell a guy to play harder.

"Fantastic to see."

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Wiseman's physical attributes are off the charts, as there are very few human beings who posses his frame. But it's more than that.

"The thing is — he’s big. We’ve seen big. We’ve seen strong. But his mobility is incredible," Moran told Thompson. "That was so impressive to me. He’s so massive and big, yet he moves so well.

"We worked on bringing it up in transition. We worked on a lot of downhill stuff with him.”

Wiseman will not make his Warriors debut Thursday night in the team's preseason finale against the Kings, and it remains to be seen if he will suit up for the regular season opener Tuesday vs. the Brooklyn Nets.

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