Most NBA huge males would’ve given the ball up. James Wiseman had simply blocked a Mason Plumlee hook shot, and the basketball fell into his arms. Wiseman just isn’t like most NBA huge males, although.
The Warriors’ rookie heart, the No. 2 total decide within the 2020 NBA Draft, stored the ball for himself all the best way to the other rim. It took him 5 dribbles and a euro-step earlier than the runway was clear for a ferocious right-handed slam. The play, which got here throughout Golden State’s 116-106 win over the Pistons on Tuesday night time, reminded Warriors head coach Steve Kerr of Bucks celebrity Giannis Antetokounmpo.
“He made a few huge performs the place we received stops and scores on the different finish,” Kerr informed reporters postgame. “And, after all, his ‘Giannis play’ was fairly spectacular, too, in transition.”
Wiseman was within the midst of his quietest NBA recreation Tuesday night time when he made that exceptional play. The 7-foot heart out of Memphis completed with six factors and 6 rebounds towards Detroit. However he already began his NBA profession sizzling with 19 after which 18 factors in his first two video games. He is averaged 1.5 blocks per recreation, and even at his measurement, Wiseman has proven the surface capturing contact that made him a tantalizing draft prospect by nailing 5 3-pointers by way of 4 video games.
Regardless of being a extremely touted highschool prospect, Wiseman was a little bit of an NBA Draft thriller after enjoying solely three video games at Memphis earlier than being suspended. That did not cease Golden State from taking him with the second decide, solely after Georgia’s Anthony Edwards went to the Timberwolves.
Wiseman missed coaching camp attributable to COVID-19 protocols, so he is mainly discovering himself within the NBA in actual time. Typically, that ends in “SportsCenter” Prime 10-worthy performs like Tuesday’s dunk. It will not all the time be clean crusing for the Warriors this season with Klay Thompson out for the 12 months and Draymond Inexperienced but to play a recreation. However Wiseman is the longer term, and it appears brighter and brighter with each “Giannis play.”
“He is clearly the point of interest of the longer term when it comes to how we’re constructing this crew with Steph (Curry) and Klay and Draymond, the veteran guys that we have now,” Kerr mentioned final week, per The Athletic. “I can now throw James in there, like, he is an enormous a part of this puzzle.”