When assessing James Wiseman‘s rookie season, one number should always be on your mind – 3; the number of games Wiseman has played in his entire college career. He is just scratching the surface of playing top-level organized basketball.
Steph and Draymond will do Steph and Draymond thing. So will Andrew Wiggins. Kelly Oubre will hopefully start making shots. But Wiseman is the one guy who’s first and last game of the regular season could be dramatically different. Wiseman’s growth is what the Warriors are banking their hopes for a playoff appearance.
He has all the physical tools and one of the best possible mentors playing right next to him. The reason Draymond Green was such an impactful player during the Warriors‘ run despite his physical limitations is his basketball IQ. There will be visible game to game improvements with Wiseman, and here’s Draymond explaining how he can get there.
This clip captures two things – how much low-hanging fruit is there for Wiseman to get a lot better real quick, and how impactful Draymond Green will be in that process. Consistency will come with time, and the duration of that time will determine the Warriors’ playoff chances. One thing’s for sure, Draymond will speed up that process as much as possible. If you have any doubt about Draymond’s basketball IQ, here’s a short clip that shows how impactful he is on both sides of the floor.
That little lateral step left to get in place for the charge is what makes Draymond the player he is. When guys make plays that look easy, but you don’t get how the answer is, usually because their brain is faster than the other guy’s muscles. If Wiseman gets even close to Draymond’s IQ, and doesn’t improve his athleticism a bit, he’ll be a monster on both sides of the floor.