If you walk into a dark alley wearing diamond jewelry, you expect the kind of beating James Wiseman got Wednesday night.
Three minutes into the third quarter of the Warriors’ 121-99 win over the San Antonio Spurs, Wiseman outfought Dejounte Murray for rebounding position, grabbed the rebound of Draymond Green’s missed corner 3, twirled around Murray like a ballet star and threw down a big-time dunk.
Timeout Spurs, and as Wiseman strolled to the Warriors’ bench, he was attacked and beaten to a pulp by his teammates.
Apparently the Warriors liked what they were seeing in their rookie center.
“Man, oh, man, that dude’s good,” said Andrew Wiggins, who took part in the feeding frenzy of alley-oops to Wiseman.
Wiseman, coming off a crummy game against the Lakers, dunked himself silly, mostly off alley-oop lobs, and looked like what he has a chance to become: one of the best Warriors centers ever, one of the best high-school-to-NBA rookie centers ever (albeit with a quick college stop), and a key to the revival of the Warriors’ dynasty.
Seventeen games removed from lacing ’em up for the East High School Mustangs in Memphis, Wiseman got himself 20 points, six rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes. That was against a playoff-quality team coached by a man who can make adjustments.
The idea going into the season was that the Warriors would work with their No. 2 overall draft pick, develop him, school him and elevate his game.
Wednesday, it worked the other way around: Wiseman elevated the Warriors’ game. Stephen Curry and Green, no dummies, have figured out that if they can prod Wiseman into playing with full energy and awareness, he makes everyone else better.
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