The Golden State Warriors, given what James Wiseman has recently said regarding the situation he wants to enter into, sound like the ideal destination.
James Wiseman is reportedly at the top of the Golden State Warriors’ big board. While we don’t really know about that given reports earlier in the year, we do know the 7-footer is at least the draft’s best fit for the Warriors’ roster.
Wiseman entered college as the nation’s top recruit. Sadly, he only managed to play three games at Memphis, a situation that put the NCAA on blast. However, Wiseman opted to not deal with it anymore and left the university.
In those three games, he averaged just under 20 points, just over 10 rebounds and exactly three blocks. The most impressive feature of his game was the 77% field goal percentage he maintained through the three performances.
He’s one of the most NBA-ready prospects, and he’s certainly the draft’s best big man. While his offensive game will be a work in progress, he’ll easily insert himself as a force on the defensive end of the court given his length and instincts.
Potentially going No. 1 overall, Wiseman cares more about being in a position where he can learn the game from veterans. For any team picking at the top, the Warriors have the most veteran leadership.
“I really don’t care about the No. 1 spot to be honest. I just want to get better and just be a student of the game. Having real NBA vets teach you a lot about the game of basketball — being in that type of environment will make my game develop tremendously,” Wiseman told Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.
As many know, the Warriors are only at the top of the lottery because of injury. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combining for five games this season has caused their record to slip to a horrific 15-50.
Projected to snag the No. 1 pick in the draft, Wiseman may easily be the team’s go-to option if they keep the pick. With Curry, Thompson, and Draymond Green on the roster, there really aren’t many other organization’s with the veteran leadership that Golden State has.
Wiseman gave us what he wants in his first NBA team, and that’s exactly what Golden State can provide.