With Steph Curry out, Andrew Wiggins hobbled, and four games left on an East Coast road trip, the Golden State Warriors need reinforcements. They are getting it from Santa Cruz.

Former No. 2 James Wiseman is rejoining the Warriors after a month-long move to Santa Cruz. He has been more dominant with the Santa Cruz Warriors recently than he was early in his G League tenure. Overall, he averaged 18.8 points and 10.3 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 68.7 percent shooting in ten games.

It is his second time back at the big club. On Dec. 7 against Utah, he scored three points in five minutes, holding down the fort and making one of two layup attempts as Kevon Looney rested. Now Wiseman is back to face Philadelphia 76ers superstar center Joel Embiid. Welcome to the NBA, James!

Rollins is averaging 20.3 points and 4.1 assists in the G League while shooting a respectable 26.7% from three-point range in six attempts per game. He is playing through a broken bone in his foot that kept him out of summer league and the preseason, but Rollins appears to be back in action. In his last G League game, he scored 26 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had seven assists and was a team-high +14 in minutes.

Are there minutes for these young players? For Wiseman, Embiid will be on Friday because he’s unique in finding opposing big men in foul trouble. It could be a long time for Rollins. Curry will be out for weeks and T-Jerome has done nothing to guarantee himself backup guard minutes outside of Chef. Moses Moody should get more time on the wing, but Rollins is more of a point guard. There’s reason to believe he can defend, as well as any 20-year-old can at least.

So welcome young warriors! The two timelines have merged! Do your best, and don’t forget to bring Draymond his morning coffee.



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