Andrew Wiggins knows what it’s like to shoulder heavy expectations.
Wiggins was never able to get something going with the Minnesota Timberwolves, winning one playoff game in his five-plus seasons after being selected No. 1 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.
James Wiseman doesn’t have the weight of the Warriors' franchise on his back, but there’s still plenty of attention heaped on the 19-year-old, who was picked No. 2 overall by Golden State in November.
Wiggins said he has offered advice to Wiseman on how to handle all the pressure.
“I told him before, with more experience, the more games you play, the more comfortable you’ll be,” Wiggins told Tim Roye in an interview that aired Wednesday on "Warriors Roundtable" on 95.7 The Game. “You’re looking at a guy that didn’t play that much in college because of a certain circumstance, certain situation. He’s basically coming out of high school.”
Wiseman only played three games at Memphis before being ruled ineligible by the NCAA for 2017 moving expenses covered by coach Penny Hardaway, who was determined to be acting as a booster for the university. After a hot start with the Warriors, Wiseman slowed down a bit and was moved to a reserve role. The rookie has responded well to coming off the bench, scoring a season-high 25 points in last week’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Wiseman is working his way back from a left wrist sprain but is expected to return in about a week.
“What he’s doing right now is great,” Wiggins said. “The way he’s picking stuff up, the way he’s learning. Every game you see him getting better and better. When he figures everything out, he’s going to be scary. He doesn’t even know how good he’s going to be.”
With his high-flying athleticism, ability to shoot, improving footwork and appetite to learn, Wiseman has the tools to be a unique 7-footer. The game is changing and Wiseman is a perfect high-energy center to compliment the Warriors’ wide-open style of play.