Good Morning Dub Nation,
Despite narrowly losing to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, the Golden State Warriorshad many positive takeaways from the game, including the performance of their second unit.
Aside from Stephen Curry, Golden State’s usual scorers in Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, and Jordan Poole struggled to get anything going as the three combined for 24 total points. However, the bench unit led by Donte DiVincenzo, Jonathan Kuminga, and Anthony Lamb played a big factor in keeping the team in it – a vast contrast from earlier in the season where the second unit was the cause of constant problems for the Warriors.
Draymond Green has played a critical role in revitalizing Golden State’s bench in recent games and discussed their improvement following Tuesday’s matchup.
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With the Warriors’ 10-man rotation stabilizing into form, it will be interesting to see how head coach Steve Kerr handles the players who find themselves out of the rotation – specifically, former second-overall pick James Wiseᴍᴀɴ. Warriors reporter Kerith Burke discussed Wiseman’s fit on the team in her latest article for NBC Sports Bay Area.
Via NBC Sports Bay Area:
“The Warriors believed Wiseman would be ready to be an impactful player this season in the second unit as a lob threat and rim-protector. Then it became obvious he needed more time and development.
If Wiseman is stuck in second gear while the Warriors are reaching cruising speeds, there is a risk he could be left behind. However, the front office tends to be patient with players. Their belief in Wiseman has remained steady and loud.
I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion that the Warriors will trade Wiseᴍᴀɴ. But they have a problem on their hands, because the second unit finally looks good. How do they fold Wiseman back in? How much playing time is he really going to get when the Warriors turn to small ball to win?”
Tim Kawakami of the Athletic dived deeper into this topic as he explained in his latest article why Wiseman has found himself out of the rotation.
Via the Athletic:
“And right now, I’m getting 2020-21 clearing-house vibes from the early parts of this season. Wiseman struggled again and has been removed from the discussion. He’s still young, but early this season he looked like almost the same player he was as a rookie. He was hesitant, he was disconnected from the flow, he regularly ruined Curry’s minutes (which are valuable!) and the second unit was a debacle whenever Wiseman was out there.
If you think of Wiseman as a super-sized, far more talented version of Paschall … well, I don’t think that’s way off. At least in a Warriors context. There’s still time for Wiseᴍᴀɴ. He’s tremendously talented. He works hard. He’s only played 50 NBA games. But that’s part of the problem, too: He’s not adding to that total now because the Warriors can’t afford to have him make mistakes with them. I’m not sure when they ever will be able to afford it.”
With Kuminga earning himself some minutes by adjusting his game to fit the Warriors’ style of basketball, it will be interesting to see if Wiseman can do the same when he returns from his time in the G-League.