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Wiseman to G League; doesn’t view as ‘demotion’-EnglishHindiBlogs-SportsNews

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SAN FRANCISCO — James Wiseman will move down to the Golden State Warriors’ G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, for an extended period on Tuesday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Monday night.

Kerr said Wiseman’s term could last as long as 10 consecutive days. The team informed Wiseman of the decision on Sunday.

“I don’t see it as a demotion,” Wiseman told reporters Monday night. “I’m just ready to go out there and lay siege.”

Wiseman, the 2020 No. 2 overall pick, has been out of Golden State’s rotation and had not played in the Warriors’ three games before Monday’s blowout 130-95 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

Against the Spurs, Wiseman was minus-6 in eight minutes, finishing with two points, two rebounds and three assists. The Warriors knew not to expect too much from Wiseman on Monday, as he had some rust in the past week, but he’s struggled throughout the season.

Wiseman’s offensive, defensive and net efficiency — 99.7, 124.1 and minus -24.2 — all rank last on the team among Warriors players playing 25 minutes this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information Research.

“He needs rep. He needs to play,” said Kerr. “It’s not easy when you don’t get the minutes.”

Monday was only the 50th NBA game of Wiseman’s first three years of his career. He played in 27 games during his rookie season in 2020–21 before suffering a meniscus injury in April 2021. 17 points, nine rebounds and one assist.

During summer league, Wiseman played in four games and averaged 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in just under 20 minutes per game.

The Warriors have a successful track record of sending players to the G League before recalling them. Jordan Poole, who scored 36 points on 13-of-20 shooting against the Spurs, including 5-of-10 from 3, is the latest example.

During Poole’s second season in 2020–21, he spent 11 games with Santa Cruz, including a stint in the G League bubble, where he averaged 22.4 points in 33.5 minutes. In his next season with the Warriors, Poole averaged 18.5 points per game and started in place of Klay Thompson before Thompson returned from injury.

“I’m telling [Wiseman] This is not a demotion. It’s not a penalty,” Poole said. “… I’m telling him to go down there and take 50 shots, be aggressive, get takes, hang to the rim, do all that. Just so he can figure out what he wants to be at the highest level. This is just a step in that direction.”

Santa Cruz Warriors will play their next game against South Bay Lakers on Sunday.