Golden State Warriors big man James Wiseman has further silenced critics in a second-straight dominant performance in the G League, combining with Warriors rookies Patrick Baldwin Jr. and Ryan Rollins to lead the Santa Cruz Warriors to a 122-111 win over the Oklahoma City Blue on Sunday.
Wiseman’s rebounding development was on full display in the first-half, with the former second overall pick tallying an astonishing seven offensive boards by early in the second-quarter.
Golden State Warriors’ trio James Wiseman, Patrick Baldwin Jr. and Ryan Rollins each scored at least 24 points in Santa Cruz’s win at Kaiser Permanente Arena.
The 21-year-old Wiseman had 16 points, nine rebounds, a block, and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the field in his best stretch of the season during the first-half. He quickly recorded his fifth-straight double-double early in the third, finishing with 24 points (11-for-13 shooting), a statement-making 16 rebounds, three blocks and two assists in 28 action-packed minutes.
Some have been disappointed with Baldwin’s output so far in the G League, but his shooting prowess was there for all to see as he recorded an incredibly efficient 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting. That included finishing 6-for-9 on threes, while the Warriors’ latest first-round pick also tallied six rebounds.
Not to be outdone, Rollins led the Warriors in scoring with 26 points in another promising performance. He also had another nine rebounds and seven assists, with the 20-year-old having come off his first career triple-double against the South Bay Lakers on Friday.
Rollins is now averaging over 20 points in ten games for Santa Cruz this season, doing so on an efficient 48.1% from the field and 36.7% from three-point range. While his impact for Golden State will be limited to non-existent this season, the 44th overall pick in this year’s draft certainly has something to work with moving forward.
Combined, the trio of Wiseman, Baldwin and Rollins had 75 points, 31 rebounds and nine assists. It was a performance to show they’re each above G League standard, particularly Wiseman who was simply too big, too strong and too athletic as his seven-foot frame controlled the interior.
There’s been no news yet on whether Wiseman or the Warriors’ rookies will rejoin the team on their upcoming six-game roadtrip. While further sustained dominance in the G League may be most beneficial, Golden State also have two upcoming back-to-backs where they may require gametime from their younger players.