James Wiseman is good!
Wiseman came off the bench to lead the Detroit Pistons in both scoring and rebounds, finishing with 20/10 on a perfect 8-of-8 from the field.
But I’d pump the brakes on that excitement again.
We know Wiseman can score efficiently around the rim. We know he can be a force on the offensive glass and that he runs the floor well for a big.
But even last night, he looked out of place, lost and confused a lot of the time, especially on defense, where he still plays tentatively as if he is constantly thinking and a step behind the action.
He did dominate at times against the OKC backups, which is a good sign, as a player of his pedigree should be able to do that, but Wiseman needs to show he can stay engaged on both ends against better competition and when he’s not constantly being fed the ball.
The problem with Wiseman is that when he doesn’t have the ball in his hands, he’s often lost. So it was a positive development for the young center, but he still has a long way to go.