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What Wiseman is trying to learn from watching Embiid play

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Warriors center James Wiseman has been watching the NBA playoffs very closely.

He told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole this week that he hasn't missed a single game.

So when checking out Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid -- the big men who finished No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in the MVP voting this season -- what is Wiseman focusing on?

"Really just how they get to the dunker's spot, pick-and-roll game and offensive rebounding," the No. 2 overall pick from the 2020 draft said on the Dubs Talk podcast. "Most definitely offensive rebounding. That's something I have to get better at.

"How they position themselves and just getting stronger. That's gonna help me out a lot, too."

Opposing defenses already pay an incredible amount of attention to Steph Curry, and they will have to take Klay Thompson into account again next season.

As a result, there should be plenty of opportunities every game where Wiseman finds himself with all kinds of space to crash the glass and score off tip-ins and/or putback dunks. The 7-footer no doubt can do some serious damage in that department.

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As for Embiid -- who racked up 37 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and two steals in the Philadelphia 76ers' shocking loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night -- Wiseman is locked in on his every move.

"His footwork is crazy," the 20-year-old said. "I've been watching everything he does so I can improve my game."

 

Wiseman on April 15 underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, and the Warriors hope he is ready to go when training camp opens in late September.

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