Warriors

What Wiseman is studying to learn Steph's tendencies

Warriors

Adjusting to the NBA is hard for any rookie.

For James Wiseman, he had to go through the usual growing pains while simultaneously navigating all of the COVID-19 related variables.

And then there's the fact he only played in three college games during the 2019-20 season, and then wasn't able to participate in the Warriors' training camp.

And oh yeah -- Golden State plays a unique style centered around the on-and-off-ball talents of Steph Curry.

So what were some of the challenges the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 draft experienced in trying to figure out how to play alongside the two-time NBA MVP?

"Steph is such a smart player. You gotta learn Steph's patterns -- his routes -- and where he likes to go," Wiseman told Monte Poole this week on the Dubs Talk podcast. "Which spots he likes to get to in terms of his shots. Just studying a lot of film.

"When I was on the bench, I used to look at Loon [Kevon Looney] and how he was able to affect everything."

Wiseman is a very different player than Looney, but it's wise for the 20-year-old to try to emulate Looney's commitment to setting good screens to get Steph open.

Wiseman eventually will have a bigger role in the Warriors' offense and things will run through him more. But with Curry still playing at an MVP level -- and Klay Thompson returning at some point early next season -- Wiseman's mentality primarily should be: "What can I do to get the Splash Brothers great looks."

 

And from there, he will get buckets off slipping screens, lobs and offensive rebounds.

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