James Wiseman

20-Year-Old CenterC
Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 2/24/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The second overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, Wiseman's rookie season was somewhat of a disappointment. He appeared in just 39 games (27 starts) due to multiple injuries and COVID-19 protocols, and he tore his meniscus in mid-April. The center saw 21.4 minutes per game and averaged 11.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and a combined 1.2 blocks-plus-steals. He shot a solid 51.9 percent from the field and showed off some ability to stretch the floor by going 12-of-38 (31.6%) from deep. While the overall numbers are underwhelming, it's important to remember the context of Wiseman's rookie season. He played just three collegiate games, didn't get a Summer League and missed much of training camp due to what is presumed to be an absence due to contracting COVID-19. Wiseman's offensive repertoire also doesn't mesh well alongside Draymond Green, who isn't a floor-spacer and spends much of his time at center. The Warriors also boast a great, but complicated system that isn't easy to integrate into, especially for a 19-year-old basically playing his first competitive basketball since his senior year of high school. The reasons to believe in Wiseman's potential are still there -- mainly, the elite athleticism that will lead to easy lob dunks and sets him up for good block numbers. Bigger questions remain about his shooting ability and potential to post up, but those are skills Wiseman has plenty of time to develop as a now-20-year-old. The fit with the Warriors is still subpar, but his pedigree makes him worthy of consideration with the final pick in a standard fantasy draft. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $17.9 million contract with the Warriors in November of 2020. Warriors exercised $9.6 million team option for 2022-23 in October of 2021. Contract includes $12.12 million team option for 2023-24.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Wiseman was born Mar. 31, 2001 in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the son of Donzaleigh Artis and has one older sister. Wiseman started high school at The Ensworth School in Nashville before transferring to Memphis East High School, where he was coached by former NBA guard Penny Hardaway for his junior season. Wiseman averaged 11.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the United States at the 2017 FIBA Under-16 Americas Championship in Formosa, Argentina, helping the team win a gold medal over Canada. As a senior in high school, he was a consensus five-star recruit, and most recruiting services ranked him No. 1 in the 2019 class. Wiseman played for Hardaway again in college at Memphis, as the former NBA player had become the Tigers' head coach. Outside of basketball, Wiseman speaks Mandarin, reads Kobe Bryant's books and wants to own fast-food restaurants. Fans can follow the Nashville native on Twitter @BigTicket_JW and on Instagram @bigticket_j13. Wiseman ended up appearing in just three games for the Memphis Tigers and head coach Penny Hardaway, but it was easy to see why he was one of the top-rated prospects in his class. The preseason American Conference Player of the Year, Wiseman made his collegiate debut Nov. 5 against South Carolina State, racking up 28 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in only 22 minutes. He followed that up with 17 points and nine rebounds the following contest against UIC. Questions about his eligibility then surfaced, but Hardaway allowed him to appear in one more game Nov. 12 against Oregon. In his only test against a Power-5 opponent, Wiseman put up 14 points, 12 rebounds and a pair of blocks. He was then shut down and given a reinstatement date of Jan. 12, but at that point, Wiseman had decided that NBA scouts had seen enough. He officially declared for the 2020 NBA Draft on Dec. 19, focusing his efforts for the rest of the season on preparations to play professionally.

Recovering from cleanup surgery
CGolden State Warriors
Knee
January 13, 2022
Wiseman underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in December that pushed back his recovery timeline, and he's expected to begin three-on-three work in the near future, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
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Wiseman's rehab work from a torn meniscus appeared to stall in December after he was assigned to the G League at the start of the month, and he required a cleanup procedure in mid-December that was previously unreported. The 20-year-old has been working his way toward full contact over the past month, but his return to game action may not come until sometime around the All-Star break, which begins in mid-February.
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Wiseman is a great athlete at the center position, and he stands at 7-foot-1 with a 7-foot-6 wingspan. During his three collegiate appearances at Memphis, he averaged 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in 23.0 minutes. Aside from his defense and rebounding, Wiseman's initial role on the Warriors will likely be that of a screen-and-roller who can finish around the basket with good touch and throw down lob dunks. He also has the upside to develop into a post-up option and maybe a mid-range jump-shooter. As a rookie for Golden State, Wiseman will be reportedly fighting for the starting center job, but he should see minutes in the mid-to-upper-20s regardless of outcome. For fantasy purposes, he should be a good source of rebounding, blocks and field-goal percentage, assuming he keeps his shot selection clean.
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Clears COVID protocols
CGolden State Warriors
Knee
January 3, 2022
Wiseman (knee) has cleared the league's health and safety protocols, Kendra Andrews of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Enters COVID protocols
CGolden State Warriors
Knee
December 29, 2021
Wiseman (knee) entered health and safety protocols Wednesday, Kendra Andrews of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Yet to begin scrimmaging
CGolden State Warriors
Knee
December 6, 2021
Wiseman (knee) still hasn't resumed scrimmaging and continues to be limited to individual work, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
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Working out in G League
CGolden State Warriors
Knee
December 1, 2021
Wiseman (knee) reported to the G League's Santa Cruz Warriors earlier this week to continue taking part in individual work, Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Still not cleared for 5-on-5 work
CGolden State Warriors
Knee
November 28, 2021
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Sunday that Wiseman (knee) hasn't yet been cleared for 5-on-5 work, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports.
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