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James Wiseman injury tracker: Checking in on status for Warriors center

The second-year big underwent knee surgery in the offseason and is working his way back. We check in on his status and a potential return date.

James Wiseman #33 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball during an open practice on October 7, 2021 at the Oracle Performance Center in San Francisco, California. Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

Golden State Warriors C James Wiseman underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee in April and missed the end of the 2020-21 regular season. Wiseman, who was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, spent most of his rookie season injured or somewhat out of the rotation. He averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game as a rookie.

James Wiseman injury update

Wiseman has been progressing well in his offseason rehab from knee surgery. The Warriors are targeting Friday for Wiseman’s return to working out at full speed. The Athletic is reporting Wiseman could return to full activities in a few weeks. So we should see Wiseman back in the lineup in some capacity before the end of 2021. If that’s the case, we could see Wiseman up to full strength toward the middle of the season.

With Wiseman sidelined to start the season, the Dubs will likely lean on Kevon Looney and Otto Porter Jr. in the front court along with Draymond Green. Also expect Juan Toscano-Anderson and Nemanja Bjelica to be involved off the bench at forward. Wiseman is really the only true center on the entire roster, so that helps in terms of him returning and having a big role in the rotation.