In his first game in a Detroit Pistons uniform since being traded by the Golden State Warriors, James Wiseman looked comfortable and, afterward, sounded confident. “It’s just different names,” Wiseman told The Athletic’s James L. Edwards III when asked about the new plays he has to remember. “Same offenses, but just different names. I was out there hesitant, trying to figure out what to do. I’m going to get it.”
Wiseman, the Warriors’ No. 2 pick in the 2020 draft, scored 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes in the Pistons’ 127-109 loss to the Boston Celtics on February 15.
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Despite piecing together a solid debut, Wiseman didn’t seem satisfied with his defensive performance.
“I could do better,” he said. “My wind got to me a little bit. I’m going to do way better when I get my conditioning up.”
Wiseman will have plenty of time to catch his breath as he and the Pistons roll into the All-Star break. His next chance to show out will be on February 23, when Detroit takes on the Orlando Magic.