James Wiseman is just 18 games into his NBA career, but he sure knows how to put on a display of jaw-dropping athleticism.
An extraordinary sequence in the third quarter of the Warriors' contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves brought exactly that, as the 19-year-old needed just a few seconds to showcase his massive potential on both sides of the floor.
With a little under three minutes remaining in the quarter, the 7-foot-0 Wiseman went full extension to block Minnesota's Jake Layman's attempted drive to the basket. Wiseman emphatically swatted it away, with teammate Draymond Green grabbing the loose ball. Wiseman sprinted down the court and Green fed the rookie with a swift transition pass.
The result? Well, this.
Wiseman has put the hammer down often this season, but this might be his most impressive one to date. Even Green loved it, holding his hands above his head in celebration as he ran down the court after the play.
It was another remarkable play for the No. 2 overall pick, who is quickly improving on a sharp learning curve. Wiseman was removed from the Warriors' starting lineup earlier in the week, but coach Steve Kerr said he expects the rookie to return as the team's starting center "at some point."
If he keeps making plays like this one, his return should be sooner rather than later.