A few days after Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman suffered a meniscus injury on a dunk attempt, the team has made it official: his rookie season is over. The team announced on Thursday that Wiseman had undergone surgery on his meniscus, and would be out for the remainder of the season.
Warriors center James Wiseman underwent successful surgery today to repair a right meniscal tear: pic.twitter.com/ncZO49Iwdv— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) April 15, 2021
While it’s not surprising that Wiseman’s season is over, it is a harsher timeline than some had hoped for. Remember when Alen Smailagić required meniscus surgery in December, but was back on the court in February? It seems as though that won’t happen with Wiseman, as the Warriors said that an update on his progress will be provided in September.
That means Wiseman will miss Summer League, and a typical offseason of development. That’s a brutal blow for a raw player who didn’t have a normal offseason in his rookie year, missed training camp, and only played 39 games this season.
Wiseman ends the year having averaged 11.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks per game, while shooting 51.9% from the field and 31.6% from three-point range.