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KG names Wiseman among players he'd like to help improve

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Kevin Garnett is one of the greatest big men in NBA history.

He won a title with the Boston Celtics in 2008, was named NBA MVP for the 2003-04 season, earned 15 All-Star nods, was a nine-time All-NBA selection and an All-Defensive member 12 times.

One of his nicknames was "The Big Ticket," and Warriors center James Wiseman honors the Hall of Famer in his Twitter (@BigTicket_JW) and Instagram (bigticket_j13) handles.

In fact, Wiseman is one of five big men (along with Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Willie Cauley-Stein and Marvin Bagley) Garnett mentioned when asked who he believes he could help improve.

"Face-ups, how they rip through and how they hold the ball," Garnett told David Marchese of The New York Times. "Anticipation on defense. A lot of these guys get into foul trouble because they’re not in the right position.

"I want to be able to share the gems that I was able to acquire over the years."

Well, don't be surprised if at some point this season we hear stories about some conversations between the 44-year-old Garnett and 19-year-old Wiseman.

"I think KG is someone I've always admired and if I ever get the chance to connect the two of them, I would do that," Kerr told the media back in mid-January. "KG was one of the best defensive players in the league. Like James, he came into the NBA without any experience basically. He went straight from high school, James basically went straight from high school -- he only played three college games.

 

"That'd be a good guy to connect him with."

The 7-foot rookie agrees.

"I actually would choose KG, too," Wiseman said. "KG was one of my favorite players. I'd just ask him the tenacity to the game, the approach, how he approached the game, how he approached each game. How did he get better as a rookie coming into the league, because he came straight out of high school too.

"So really just trying to ask him questions and pick his brain, because he came in really young as well. I'd just want to see his process in how he took the adversity and the difficulties in the NBA and how he came back from that and just improved every day in practice and in games."

Wiseman sprained his left wrist Jan. 30 vs. the Detroit Pistons and has missed the Warriors' last three games.

He is averaging 12.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 20 appearances (16 starts), while shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from beyond the arc.

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