After four-straight games out of the Detroit Pistons rotation, former Golden State Warriors big man James Wiseman finally got an opportunity against the Portland Trail Blazers at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday.
Unfortunately for the 22-year-old, he was unable to impress in the absence of starting center Jalen Duren. Playing behind Isiah Stewart and Marvin Bagley III, Wiseman was limited by foul trouble in the 110-101 loss.
James Wiseman’s career is at the crossroad’s with a continued lack of opportunity since his departure from the Golden State Warriors.
The former number two overall pick had three fouls in the first two minutes of being on the floor, erasing his rare chance for significant minutes off the bench. Wiseman returned briefly in the second-half, tallying four points, two rebounds, one assist, one turnover and four fouls in just over six minutes.
The seven-footer was a game-low -15 during that span, with the young Trail Blazers stunning the home crowd in a 63-42 second-half that halts the Pistons momentum following a positive 2-2 start to the season.
It’s a pivotal season for Wiseman who’s in the final year of his rookie contract. He was initially traded to the Pistons at February’s trade deadline, with the Warriors receiving Gary Payton II in the four-team trade.
It was more positive news for another of Golden State’s 2022 NBA championship-winning squad. Otto Porter Jr. made his long-awaited return from injury, playing just under 16 minutes in the Toronto Raptors’ huge win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Porter, who played only eight games last season after departing the Warriors, recorded six points, three rebounds, an assist and a block. The 30-year-old made two of his four three-point attempts and was a +11 in the 130-111 victory.
The Warriors will welcome Porter and the Raptors back to Chase Center on January 8, while they’ll see Wiseman and the Pistons for the first time at Little Caesars Arena on Monday.
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