Why the Warriors should trade James Wiseman: Fit
Wiseman is going to be a starter-quality center, but if there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that at least part of this season’s success is on the shoulders of Kevon Looney. Looney’s been impressive, and he thrives in the Warriors system.
He’s not an offensive force, but with Curry, Thompson, and Green, all you want from your center is a player that can defend guards and grab offensive boards. That’s exactly what Looney has done for Golden State.
Having a legit rim-rolling big man could be an interesting development for Golden State as it’s not necessarily a role they’ve had before. Wiseman is a legit 7-foot and appears to have bulked up.
His improved size will be a huge benefit if he can play without fouling, another aspect of the game that Looney is terrific at. Looney just seems like a better fit for the foreseeable future, and it doesn’t seem like they’d co-exist together for long, especially if Wiseman shows drastic improvement.
If the Warriors give Looney a multi-year contract this offseason, that could cut into Wiseman’s development and potentially be a sign the experiment is over.