Wiseman impresses as Warriors keen on debut

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Golden State Warriors rookie center James Wiseman lived up to the hype in his NBA debut Tuesday night.

The No. 2 overall pick out of Memphis scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds in 24 minutes during Golden State’s otherwise forgettable 125-99 loss to the Brooklyn Nets in New York.

The big man’s talent drew strong reviews from his teammates and coaches.

“He played really well,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He looked great out there. I would have preferred a game where we actually were in the game and playing at a competitive level, but obviously we got crushed tonight. But James showed exactly why we’re very excited about him. He’s a really talented guy and he’s smart and hardworking and he wants to do well and fit in with his teammates, so he’s got a bright future.”

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Wiseman threw down a dunk to earn his first NBA points just 51 seconds into his debut. His agility and length continued to impress his new team. And he played with a confidence rare for rookies, a trait made even more impressive by the fact that at 19, he became the youngest player to

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