Missing five training camp practices and the Warriors’ first season game last week, James Wiseman picked up the floor With his team on Monday morning.
So, how was the No. 2 pick in practice in last month’s draft?
“James was everywhere today and it was great,” Tremond Green told the media on Monday afternoon. “His energy was through the roof, it drove him out of positions at the time – you’d like to see, because you can teach positioning, but you can’t teach too much energy.
“It seems to me that he looks like a sponge. He asks a few questions. You need some answers, that’s right. There’s nothing to be ashamed of about this. He’s definitely paying attention.
“He’s not looking very bad there. Sometimes the first training you do is a little dizzy and everywhere – this is it. But like I said, you train it harder than you try to say, boy.
“Fantastic to look at.”
Shortly after Dramont (first time trainee) spoke, Steve Kerr gave his assessment of Wiseman.
“He was playing with tremendous energy – flying everywhere,” the Warriors coach said. “A couple of guys came off the ground at one point [and] ‘Man. This guy is huge. ‘
“So it’s very exciting. James really has the potential to make an impact. And he had a good first day. But there is so much to learn. We have to go a long way.”
Do any plays in particular stand out?
“He created many great screens, he looks like a very natural screen organizer. There are a couple of screens and dives on the open edge of the wide open shooters on the weak side. He did it twice in a row during our drill.
“There’s a lot to learn, but he’s got a lot of enthusiasm and energy about him and he’s got a good feeling. He’s very intelligent and seems to pick plays very quickly.
“A good improvement today.”
Wiseman will not play in the Warriors season on Tuesday night against the Kings, but is likely to play court in Sacramento on Thursday night.
Golden State opens the regular season next Tuesday against Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets.