James Wiseman can shoot. He is athletic and has above average handle skills.
He is the Pistons newest big man and despite the noise that trading for him is General Manager Troy Weaver’s latest mistake, you will be happy with the trade – eventually.
Wiseman hasn’t played much basketball because he played in a culture and with a team that did not fit his skill set and youth. The Golden State Warriors did not need him. The Pistons do.
The Warriors seek championships with the outside shooting of the Splash Brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. And more outside shooting with Jordan Poole. If you are a gunner there is room for you in Golden State. There is no room for a 7-foot project looking to live inside.“I just know he is going to be a heck of a player in this league,” Thompson said. “I’m going to miss him.”
James Wiseman can do things to ignite a team. He is a rim runner who can jam alley oop passes. He can create his own shot, and he has enough skills to set up a defender on the perimeter and take him to the hoop. More importantly, Wiseman provides better interior defense on a team lacking in interior defense.
Wiseman turned in a solid performance (11 points and five rebounds) in his Pistons debut during a 127-109 loss to the Boston Celtics Wednesday night. He defended the paint and was active on offense, although fatigue slowed him down.
“He’s going to be a fit for us,” said Pistons coach Dwane Casey. “I like the way he protected (the paint), even if he didn’t block shots, he was there. He was a big body at the rim. Once he gets a feel for what we’re doing offensively, he’s going to contribute on both ends of the floor.”
Many questioned why Weaver added another big man during this perimeter driven era of the NBA. Simple.
Wiseman can hit the three-point shot where he’s made 33 percent of his shots. Once he gets comfortable here that percentage should improve.