Quick Bit: The Warriors just won an NBA title without the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft playing a single game this season. The 21-year-old could be a secret weapon for the reigning champs next season.

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The Warriors’ dynastic run just keeps getting stronger.

Fresh off their fourth championship in the last eight seasons, you would think Golden State would be slowing down as its core trio enters the latter end of their careers. Think again, because the Warriors’ young crop of talent is poised to keep this streak of dominance running.

We already saw what Jordan Poole, 23, is capable of this season, and he’s the oldest of Golden State’s future foursome. Moses Moody, 20, and Jonathan Kuminga, 19, both also made cameos for the Warriors during their title run, but there was one prospect missing the entire season.

Former No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman, 21, didn’t play a single game for Golden State this past year due to injury.

MORE: Warriors provide glimpse of future in 2022 Summer League

It’s not very often that a franchise coming off of a title gets to add a player with top-five pick potential, but as they say, the rich get richer.

Wiseman made his return to the court for the Warriors’ Summer League team on Sunday and showcased exactly why he can be a terrifying addition for the rest of the league.

How did James Wiseman play in his first game back?

Wiseman wasted no time to show what he’s capable of providing for the Warriors next season. On his very first play of the game, the athletic center threw down a lob from Kuminga to get the crowd going…

…then, he buried a 3-pointer off the dribble…

…and a few plays later, he violently swatted away a shot attempt at the basket (for his second block of the game) to flash his potential as a rim protector.

And that was all in the first five minutes of his first game back.

He even displayed a nice mid-range game, too. This jumper was wet.

If he is going to be setting screens like this for both Steph Curry and Klay Thompson? Wow, watch out.

There was some obvious rust to Wiseman’s game (which is to be expected) as evidenced by his seven personal fouls and three turnovers during the game, but in 19 minutes of court time, Wiseman finished with 11 points (5-of-7 from the field), two rebounds and two blocks.

Wiseman checked back into the game with 3:52 left in the fourth quarter with the Warriors down 74-79. The Warriors went on to outscore the Spurs 10-6 to win the game.

He definitely flashed signs of his long-term potential, especially in tandem with Kuminga, and the Warriors must be pleasantly surprised with what they’ve seen.

What was James Wiseman’s injury?

Wiseman’s rookie year was riddled with injuries. During the 2020-21 season, the No. 2 pick first suffered a wrist injury in February that kept him sidelined for nearly three weeks.

He was starting to gain some momentum upon his return, but another injury derailed the remainder of his season. On April 10, 2021, Wiseman suffered a season-ending meniscus tear that required surgery.

He was expected to be able to return at some point in the 2021-22 season but he ended up missing his entire sophomore campaign after knee swelling required a second surgery in mid-December.

After a long road of recovery, Wiseman finally returned to the floor for his 2022 Summer League debut on Sunday.

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