The Warriors matched a season-high with 19 turnovers in Thursday night's 114-104 road loss to the Denver Nuggets, but none of the giveaways were more concerning than the errant passes intended to prized rookie James Wiseman.
Bounce passes and wraparound dimes intended for the big man never reached their recipient, resulting in a loss of possession. Wiseman, who just completed his 12th professional game, wasn't entirely blameless, bobbling Draymond Green's first-quarter lob entry just 4:29 into the game.
Coach Steve Kerr told reporters he doesn't believe the Warriors are comfortable throwing lobs to Wiseman just yet, resulting in the aforementioned turnovers. Kerr believes Wiseman's confidence, and chemistry with his teammates, will come with time.
"James has to figure out the spacing on those plays," Kerr explained (h/t Bay Area News Group's Wes Goldberg). "Young guys tend to get too close to the rim. They want to get right next to the rim when somebody's driving and sometimes it's actually better to space out a little bit, get to the dunker spot, six-to-eight feet outside the hoop and give the passer an angle. So all of those things are going to come as he gains more experience and a our guys get more comfortable playing with him."
Wiseman's 18 points were one shy of his career high, and second only to Curry's 35 among the Warriors on Thursday. He also recorded the first multi-assist game of his NBA career, adding a poster dunk to his growing highlight reel.
The Warriors played the Nuggets exactly even Thursday in Wiseman's 27:23 of action, meaning their margin of defeat matched how much they were outscored by when he was off the floor. Wiseman entered the night a minus-54 on the season, and minus-41 in his preceding four games, so that aspect of his performance represents progress on a night in which he had to guard Nikola Jokic.
Wiseman won't turn 20 until March, and his growing pains are well within the realm of the Warriors' expectations. Golden State's turnovers on passes to Wiseman will subside.