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Despite himself, Joe Wieskamp accepts his uncertain daily life

It’s not easy to project yourself into the NBA when you first try to find a place there. This is the reality of Joe Wieskamp for two seasons now, briefly seen in San Antonio (2021/22) and Toronto (2022/23).

All my life, I’ve been the organized type. I like to know how my days are going, how my month is planned “, Recognizes the 23-year-old rear, trained in Iowa in the NCAA. ” Today I realized that you always have to expect the unexpected in this league. From this point of view, I have clearly adapted. »

Signed during the season by the Raptors, after failing to pass the “cut” of training camp at Spurs, Joe Wieskamp does not actually know what his near future is made of since his contract for next season is still not guaranteed. The deadline is July 18, which gives him, on paper, time to play the Summer League to prove himself. We say “on paper”, because in reality it’s a rather bad start: the former Hawkeyes player is only 9 points scored in two games, 2/11 on shots including 1/7 from behind the arc…

However, Joe Wieskamp remains hopeful and hopes in particular that the last six months spent with the Ontario club, and the shadow work he has done, will be enough to ensure his hiring.

I try to show my abilities every day. Management has seen me play throughout the season. I was only there the last three months of the season, but I played in the G-League, I trained with the Raptors », he continues. ” So even though I haven’t had many opportunities to prove my worth in the NBA, management still knows me. It’s an accumulation of small elements, and I still have to show more. »

A new coach to convince

Show more to a new staff, in this case. Shelved by Nick Nurse this season, like most young players in the Toronto workforce, Joe Wieskamp must now convince Darko Rajakovic, hired in particular for his qualities as a trainer and to pull the young Raptors guard up.

He is interested in everyone, and in our development “, he also notes, about the Serbian technician. ” All young people, we had been in Toronto since the beginning of the summer, and he took care of us with exercises, giving us advice on our areas of progress. I think he wants to develop everyone. »

A reassuring speech for Joe Wieskamp, ​​even if the final decision will go to Masai Ujiri…

In the NBA, you learn very quickly that it’s a business, sometimes ruthless. You can get lost in your emotions if you think too much about your contract deadline. So my mentality is to take each day one at a time concludes Joe Wieskamp. ” To ‘win every day’ as Coach says [Rajakovic]. You have to think in the short term. »

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Players GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd bp Int CT party Points
Pascal Siakam 71 37.4 48.0 32.4 77.4 1.8 6.0 7.8 5.8 2.4 0.9 0.5 3.2 24.2
Fred Vanvleet 69 36.7 39.3 34.2 89.8 0.4 3.6 4.1 7.2 2.0 1.8 0.6 2.8 19.3
Gary Trent, Jr. 66 32.1 43.3 36.9 83.9 0.5 2.2 2.6 1.6 0.8 1.6 0.2 1.5 17.4
Og Anunoby 67 35.6 47.6 38.7 83.8 1.4 3.5 5.0 2.0 2.0 1.9 0.7 3.0 16.8
Scottie Barnes 77 34.8 45.6 28.1 77.2 2.3 4.3 6.6 4.8 2.0 1.1 0.8 2.2 15.3
Jakob Poeltl 26 27.2 65.2 0.0 56.9 3.2 5.9 9.1 2.2 1.1 1.2 1.3 3.0 13.1
chris butcher 76 20.0 49.3 32.8 76.2 2.1 3.5 5.5 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.8 1.9 9.4
Precious Achiuwa 55 20.7 48.5 26.9 70.2 1.8 4.1 6.0 0.9 1.1 0.6 0.5 1.9 9.2
Otto Porter 8 18.3 50.0 35.3 100.0 0.8 1.6 2.4 1.0 0.5 1.4 0.0 0.9 5.5
Malachi Flynn 53 13.0 36.0 35.3 75.8 0.3 1.2 1.4 1.3 0.5 0.4 0.1 1.2 4.6
Dalano Banton 31 9.0 42.3 29.4 70.8 0.4 1.1 1.5 1.2 0.6 0.4 0.4 1.1 4.6
Will Barton 16 13.2 35.4 33.3 100.0 0.3 1.3 1.6 1.1 0.2 0.7 0.2 1.1 4.5
Thaddeus Young 54 14.7 54.5 17.6 69.2 1.3 1.8 3.1 1.4 0.8 1.0 0.1 1.6 4.4
Christian Koloko 58 13.8 48.0 8.3 62.7 1.4 1.5 2.9 0.5 0.3 0.4 1.0 2.2 3.1
Juancho Hernangomez 42 14.6 42.1 25.4 56.3 0.6 2.3 2.9 0.6 0.4 0.4 0.1 1.0 2.9
Jeff Dowtin 25 10.3 43.9 31.3 66.7 0.2 0.7 0.9 1.2 0.2 0.4 0.1 0.5 2.4
Ron Harper 9 5.3 50.0 33.3 100.0 0.3 0.4 0.8 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.3 2.2
Khem Birsh 20 8.1 59.4 50.0 80.0 0.4 0.9 1.3 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 1.2 2.2
Justin Champagnie 3 3.6 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 1.0 1.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 2.0
Joe Wieskamp 9 5.5 21.4 25.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.3 1.0

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