James Wiseman’s rookie season is over.
The Warriors introduced Thursday that the 2020 No. 2 total draft choose underwent profitable surgical procedure to restore his torn proper meniscus, however that he’ll miss the rest of the 2020-21 NBA season.
The group expects Wiseman to be prepared for the 2021-22 NBA season however will not present one other replace on his progress till September.
The surgical procedure on the 7-foot heart happened on the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles on Thursday and was carried out by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
When Warriors coach Steve Kerr spoke to the media 90 minutes earlier than the group’s sport towards the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, he stated he had spoken to Wiseman for the reason that surgical procedure and that the rookie was “doing properly.”
Wiseman sustained the damage on a dunk try towards the Houston Rockets final Saturday. Kenyon Martin Jr. blocked the shot and Wiseman landed awkwardly on his proper leg.
Wiseman finishes the season having averaged 11.5 factors and 5.8 rebounds in 21.4 minutes over 39 video games.
The Warriors have excessive hopes for Wiseman and so they have been anticipating him to be an enormous a part of their success this season and in future seasons. However he had bother becoming into the offense and took his lumps on protection.
With the following replace on Wiseman’s standing not coming for an additional 4 and a half months or 5 months, his participation within the NBA’s summer season league has been dominated out. That is an enormous blow for the 20-year-old. He might have been invaluable expertise and reps enjoying in the summertime league.
With out the summer season league, the following time Wiseman will step on the court docket doubtless would be the Warriors’ coaching camp, which generally begins in early October.
As for the Warriors, with out Wiseman, they’re extraordinarily skinny at heart. Kevon Looney is the one true heart on the roster, with Draymond Inexperienced able to dealing with heavy minutes on the place.
The Warriors are greater than able to profitable video games with a small-ball lineup, however they won’t have the ability to win a seven-game playoff collection towards groups with All-Star facilities just like the Los Angeles Lakers (Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond), the Utah Jazz (Rudy Gobert) or the Denver Nuggets (Nikola Jokic).
Earlier than the Warriors’ announcement on Wiseman, Kerr was requested by NBC Sports activities Bay Space’s Monte Poole if there’s urgency to signal a middle.
“Nicely, it all the time is determined by who you’re speaking about,” Kerr stated. “Including dimension only for the sake of including dimension would not accomplish something, however if you happen to can add a very good participant that may assist you win a sport, then it issues. I do know our entrance workplace is within the means of analyzing all of the doable choices on the market.”
For now, the Warriors should trudge alongside and play the following 17 video games (and doable playoff video games) with out Wiseman.