The Warriors have assigned Ryan Rollins and James Wiseman to the Warrior's G League affiliate in Santa Cruz, joining Patrick Baldwin Jr. And Gui Santos.
Wiseman's lousy luck has defined his time in the NBA. With just three games in his college career due to a horrible NCCA ruling and the loss of his first training camp due to the pandemic. Lengthy rehab for a meniscus tear of his right knee suffered during his rookie year; all have contributed to his struggles through the first month of the season. Wiseman will spend an extended time with the Sea Dubs, which Golden States Warriors' coach, Steve Kerr, envisions at least ten games or more. Fans will likely not see Wiseman in a Warriors uniform until January.
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The assignment to Santa Cruz as the second overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft is the right move to put Wiseman's career back on track. The Warriors' coaching staff will remain hopeful that his incredible character and work ethic will provide a path back into Kerr's second unit rotation. JW will have the opportunity to develop without the unrealistic expectations that have diminished his enjoyment of the game he loves.
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What is happening in Santa Cruz should excite those who have supported James Wiseman and the sold-out Kaiser Permanente Arena. The opportunity for Wiseman and Rollins to develop together, with the expectation of something special returning in January. Ryan Rollins has shown why the Warriors traded up to get him. In Santa Cruz's last two outings, Rollins has scored 24 and 27 points. Patrick Baldwin Jr., the Warriors' first-round pick in this year's draft, scored 18 points in his only game due to injury and will also benefit from his time with Wiseman. Gui Santos, a late second-round pick, has impressed fans and the coaching staff with his defense, offensive-rebounding, and dazzling dimes to reward teammates. The hope is that the trio of Wiseman, Rollin, and Baldwin Jr. will return to contribute to the quest to place Curry's fifth Larry in the case and fulfill "The Promise of James Wiseman.""The Promise of James Wiseman."