James Wiseman’s rookie season is over.
The Warriors announced on Thursday that the overall draft pick for 2020 has undergone a successful operation to repair his torn right meniscus, but that it will miss the rest of the 2020-21 season in the NBA.
The team expects Wiseman to be ready for the 2021-22 season in the NBA, but will not provide a new update on its progress until September.
The operation on the 7-foot center took place at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles on Thursday and was performed by Dr. Neil El Atrace.
When Warriors coach Steve Kerr spoke to the media 90 minutes before the team’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, he said he had spoken to Wiseman from the operation and that the rookie was “doing well”
Wiseman was injured in an attempt to score against the Houston Rockets last Saturday. Kenyon Martin Jr. blocked the shot and Wiseman landed awkwardly on his right foot.
Wiseman finished the season averaging 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 21.4 minutes in 39 games.
The Warriors have high hopes for Wiseman and they expected him to be a big part of their success this season and in the coming seasons. But he had trouble fitting and took his lumps in defense.
Since the next update to Wiseman’s status did not come for another four and a half months or five months, his participation in the NBA Summer League was ruled out. This is a huge blow for the 20-year-old. He could have valuable experience and repetitions to play in the summer league.
Without the summer league, the next time Wiseman comes out on the court will probably be the Warriors training camp, which usually starts in early October.
As for the Warriors, without Wiseman they are extremely weak in the center. Kevon Looney is the only real center on the list, and Draymond Green can also handle difficult minutes in position.
The Warriors are more than capable of winning small-ball squads, but may fail to win a seven-game playoff series against star-studded teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers (Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond) and Utah jazz (Rudy Robert). or the Denver Nuggets (Nikola Jokic).
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Prior to Wiseman’s Warriors announcement, Kerr was asked by Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area if he had an emergency to sign center.
“Well, it always depends on who you’re talking about,” Kerr said. “Adding size just to add size doesn’t accomplish anything, but if you can add a good player who can help you win a game, then it’s important. I know our front office is in the process of exploring all the possible options out there. . “
For now, the Warriors will have to move away and play the next 17 games (and possible playoff games) without Wiseman.
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