James Wiseman spent a large part of this long layoff in Miami. So did D’Angelo Russell and John Wall. There’s a gym dedicated for high-level pickup hoops in the city. Only a select level of talent is allowed on the floor. Wiseman falls into that category.

So he found himself in those games, starting most possessions guarding big men, like Jahlil Okafor, but occasionally dragged out into the land of the guards, staring down the barrel of a Wall or Russell isolation.

“We did a lot of switching,” Wiseman said. “I felt comfortable guarding the guards.”

That was a no-stakes scrimmage, but it might as well have been a Warriors game against the Wizards or Wolves in the coming months. It’s the NBA in 2020. Rookie centers wear targets on their backs. Scorers like Wall and Russell and James Harden see fouls overflowing out of their pockets. Wiseman will be dragged onto the dance floor and tested early and…

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