Next season, the Golden State Warriors will put elite talent on the floor at every position other than center, making James Wiseman the perfect pick.
If you look at the Golden State Warriors roster, they’re going to be elite next season. The injuries to Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry hampered this team, causing them to go 15-50 through the first 65 games.
With 17 left, the Warriors season is all but over. Given their disappointing season after five straight Finals appearances, the Warriors will see a few silver linings blossom from it.
The first is Eric Paschall. The rookie has excelled with the extra time he’s been granted. The second is that the team will retain its 2020 first-round pick.
While they’ll still have to secure the actual spot in the lottery, the top-20 projected pick will return home. It’s projected to be the No. 1 overall pick as the Warriors are the league’s worst team; however, they’ll be one of three teams with the highest odds for the top pick.
If they find themselves in the top three, there’s one easy pick, and it’s former Memphis center James Wiseman. No other option really makes sense.
The 6-foot-7 relatively inefficient playmaker LaMelo Ball or the streaky Anthony Edwards both would fill holes that aren’t empty. Curry and Andrew Wiggins both take up the starting point guard and small forward spots.
As for Wiseman, the center would come in and provide immediate relief for a struggling frontcourt. Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender, and a few others make up the Warriors frontcourt. They really don’t have much size. Wiseman would fill up the paint with his 7-foot-1 frame.
Wiseman averaged 19.7 points per game and 10.7 rebounds per game. Sadly, we saw him for just a mere three games. While he did notch three blocks per game, it would’ve been reassuring to see him for a full season at the collegiate level.
Clearly the No. 1 center in the draft, Wiseman doesn’t have the highest ceiling, that may belong to Ball or Edwards. However, for the Warriors, not the routine lottery team, need the help now. That help should be in the form of James Wiseman.