James Wiseman is viewing his new role coming off the bench for the Warriors as a "learning experience."
Steve Kerr made the move to insert Kevon Looney into the starting lineup on Monday and it helped the Warriors up the defensive intensity in a 130-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Draymond Green has taken Wiseman under his wing, but the rookie got some advice from a different member of the Warriors' championship core while sitting on the bench: Klay Thompson.
"We talked about the road trips, like how I'm getting used to the NBA so far," Wiseman told reporters after the win. "He's just giving me tips like I'm already good because I'm a great player and I love to listen and he could tell. A lot of positive additives like that and just giving me a lot of great advice."
Thompson had three specific tips for his rookie teammate.
"Stay aggressive on the offensive end, make sure I take care of my body every game because the road trips are very tough and the third one is making sure that I am a great teammate always and even if I have a good or bad game make sure I keep my head up and just keep going."
Assistant coach Klay Thompson is a good resource for Wiseman to tap into. While the Warriors clearly miss Thompson's impact on the court, there's no doubt the five-time All-Star's presence on the bench is a huge plus.
Wiseman had a solid first game as a reserve, scoring 13 points while grabbing four rebounds and blocking two shots. The Warriors know that Wiseman's development will play a big role in any success they have this season, and the way the 19-year-old handled his move to the bench shows impressive maturity and a desire to put the team above himself.
Wiseman will soak up all the knowledge he can from Thompson while the sharpshooter is rehabbing, and that should only help to improve their chemistry when they take the floor together next season.