The Golden State Warriors gave an update on center James Wiseman’s rehab from his torn meniscus before Friday’s preseason game against the Portland Trail Blazers. According to a team press release, Wiseman will ramp up his activity through the rest of October before being reevaluated on November 1st. If Wiseman reacts to the increased workload well, it should mark a considerable step towards returning to the court.
Wiseman’s development is one of the most critical components of Golden State’s future. Still just 20, he has plenty of time to become an impactful NBA player. Unfortunately, his meniscus injury has taken away some valuable opportunities for him to improve.
The Warriors drafted Wiseman with the second overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft out of Memphis. Wiseman’s rookie year got off to a great start, earning a spot in the starting lineup for the beginning of the regular season, but struggled mightily in his first extended taste of NBA competition. Then, in April, Wiseman tore his meniscus and has been out ever since.
Wiseman appeared in 39 games last season (27 starts). He averaged 11.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks per game while shooting .519/.316/.628.