No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman will reportedly start on Tuesday night in the Golden State Warriors’ season opener on the road against the Brooklyn Nets, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
Wiseman did not play in either of the Warriors’ three preseason games after reportedly testing positive for the coronavirus. He missed the start of training camp but eventually progressed toward particip ating in full scrimmages and practices with the team.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr on Monday declined to give his starting lineup for the game but said Wiseman was a full participant in practice and would be available to play versus the Nets.
Sources: The Warriors will start James Wiseman at center tonight in Brooklyn. No summer league, no preseason, only a sprinkle of college hoops, but he’ll debut against KD and Kyrie. Into the fire. He’s impressed enough in camp and they’re extremely high on his future.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 22, 2020
Wiseman said last week after his first full scrimmage with the team that he felt good and that his conditioning level was also good. He has since participated in another full scrimmage and practice and has been cleared to play on Tuesday.
The Warriors will likely ease him into the action to start the season so Wiseman may not see too much playing time but to even be ready to play speaks volumes about the amount of work that was put in after missing the start of training camp.