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How James Wiseman fared in the second G League assignment game in Santa Cruz

How James Wiseman fared in the second G League assignment game in Santa Cruz

The Warriors decided not to bring James Wiseman to New Orleans for their game against the Pelicans on Monday night, opting to let him stay with Santa Cruz to continue his G League assignment.

While the Pelicans knocked off the Warriors, Wiseman helped the Sea Dubs beat the Salt Lake City Stars 120-104 at the Maverik Center in Utah.

Wiseman finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots in 23 minutes.

The former No. 2 overall draft pick was 7-for-10 from the field and made his only 3-point attempt. He committed five turnovers, was called for three fouls and was a team-worst -7.

Wiseman made a pair of dunks, including an alley-oop after setting a screen and rolling to the basket.

The Warriors faced the Pelicans on the second night of a back-to-back and rested Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins. Rookies Patrick Baldwin Jr. remembered. and Santa Cruz’s Ryan Rollins, which prompted questions for Steve Kerr about why didn’t Wiseman join them.

“Practice is the biggest thing,” Kerr told reporters in New Orleans before Monday’s game. “When you get one-on-one attention like the guys do in the G League, I think it’s easier to progress more than the stops and starts that happen during the NBA season when you’re not in the rotation.”

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The Warriors have a plan for Wiseman and aren’t letting up, even if he could have played a significant amount of minutes against the Pelicans. His development and building a strong base are the main goals right now and he wouldn’t have been able to do that if he had traveled to New Orleans for a game.

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