James Wiseman loves putting the ball in the basket.
After missing 11 games because of a sprained left wrist, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft returned Tuesday night vs. the New York Knicks and scored 14 points in less than 16 minutes.
He went 6-for-9 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.
Wiseman is averaging 12.2 points per game this season in just 20.7 minutes per appearance.
“I love that he’s aggressive to score," Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers told The Athletic's Ethan Strauss in a recent phone conversation. "A lot of big guys have more of a laissez-faire attitude with scoring.
"I like that he’s a little like the big-man version of Klay [Thompson]. He’s thirsty, thirsty to score.”
It's hard to blame the 7-footer for having that mindset because he knows he can do stuff like this:
But Wiseman has started to do more offensively outside of looking for his own points.
After recording a total of three assists over Golden State's first 11 games, the 19-year-old has registered 12 assists over his last 10 games.
The raw talent is there, along with the work ethic.
If Wiseman realizes his full potential, he will be really special. But all parties involved have to remain patient and see the big picture.
“The exciting part is -- you watch on film and there’s so much that we could do with him," Steve Kerr told Strauss. "But we have to temper this.”