Typifying James Wiseman’s top-to-bottom rookie season, the Warriors center and second overall pick in the 2020 Draft have been excluded from NBA rookie teams, the league said Thursday.
Wiseman, 20, struggled to find his place during a rookie year that began by missing training camp due to a positive coronavirus test and ended prematurely when he suffered a meniscus injury that required surgery. In all, Wiseman has only played 39 games. After Wiseman’s injury in April, Golden State quickly ran a 15-5 run and came to a playoff game.
For the season, the Warriors have simply played better without Wiseman as the rookie struggled to grasp his role on both ends of the pitch – understandable to any rookie, but especially egregious when he shares the floor with established pros Stephen Curry. and Draymond Green.
Despite the steep learning curve, Wiseman started 27 games and averaged 11.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 21.4 minutes, finishing seventh among rookies in points, fourth in rebounds and fifth in blocks per game. However, his limited action kept him away from most ballots. Wiseman received just three first team votes and 18 second team votes for 24 votes in total, 13th in his class.
The NBA’s first All-Rookie team includes the other two of the draft’s top three picks – Charlotte’s LaMelo Ball and Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards. Edwards was selected with the first pick, while Ball, the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, was third overall – a pick after Wiseman. Ball led all rookies in assists (6.1) and steals (1.6) and placed second in points (15.7 points) and rebounds (5.9).
The first team is completed by Tyrese Haliburton of Sacramento, Saddiq Bey of Detroit and Jae’Sean Tate of Houston.
In the NBA’s second All-Rookie team: Immanual Quickley of New York, Desmond Bane of Memphis, Isaiah Stewart of Detroit, Isaac Okoro of Cleveland and Patrick Williams of Chicago. Facundo Campazzo (42) of Denver and Cole Anthony (40) of Orlando failed to form a rookie squad but received more votes than Wiseman.
While disappointing for Wiseman, he can move on better as he recovers from the meniscus surgery he received on April 15. Wiseman won’t be able to compete in the NBA Summer League in August, but the team is optimistic he may be ready for training camp in late September.