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Warriors confirm James Wiseman will miss rest of season with torn meniscus [UPDATE]

Rookie center will undergo surgery and his first year in the NBA has come to an end.

James Wiseman of the Golden State Warriors warms up before the game against the Atlanta Hawks on March 26, 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

Update: April 15. 7:20 p.m. — The Warriors confirmed Wiseman will miss the rest of the 2020-21 season due to a torn meniscus suffered last weekend.

Update: April 11, 3:00 p.m. — Wiseman has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus and could be out the rest of the season, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Sunday afternoon. Wiseman was removed from Saturday’s contest against the Rockets after falling awkwardly after being blocked on a dunk attempt. Normally, the recovery period for a torn meniscus is 4-6 weeks, though the Warriors clearly have no reason to try and rush back the No. 3 overall pick from 2021.

Golden State Warriors rookie C James Wiseman will undergo an MRI on his right knee, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported late Saturday night. Wiseman was removed from Saturday’s game vs. the Houston Rockets in the first half and did not return. He only played six minutes before being removed from the game. Wiseman left after being blocked on a dunk attempt by fellow rookie Kenyon Martin Jr. The Dubs rookie fell to the floor awkwardly and was forced to leave.

Wiseman had fallen down to 80/1 to win NBA Rookie of the Year after a stint on the Covid-19 list and a few injuries. There’s a chance the Dubs could shut down Wiseman for the rest of the season depending on the severity of the knee injury. If it isn’t anything serious — like a torn ACL or MCL — the Warriors could opt to rest Wiseman either way. So with that in mind, Wiseman could finish his rookie season averaging 11.6 points and 5.9 rebounds on 52/32/64 shooting splits.

Wiseman had missed most of February after landing in health and safety protocols. He also worked his way in and out of coach Steve Kerr’s dog house most of the season. Prior to the injury on Saturday night, Wiseman had been getting pretty consistent playing time, averaging 24.3 minutes in March and right around that number so far in April. If Wiseman ends up missing time, we could see those minutes floated to Kevon Looney, Juan Toscano-Anderson or even Alen Smailagic.