Memphis’ James Wiseman atop the Warriors’ board
The Golden State Warriors will have a big decision to make whenever the 2019-20 season comes to a close, choosing whether to keep or trade their first-round selection on the 2020 NBA Draft. According to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report, the Warriors have former Memphis Tigers big man James Wiseman atop their draft board.
Bucher rendered the choice as “understandable” considering Dragan Bender; a 7-foot-1 stretch-four that they added late in the season addition through two 10-day contracts, is the only 7-footer on the roster.
Kevon Looney is the lone center in the roster, at a mere 6-foot, 9 inches.
Yet no executives view Wiseman as a Dwight Howard or even Deandre Ayton-type, a big man that can contribute from the season-opener.
“Does Wiseman change the game for them, the way they play?” a lower-level Eastern Conference talent evaluator asked. “No. He doesn’t play hard enough. But he makes sense. They don’t need him to be great. If he goes some place and has to be Trae [Young] or Ja [Morant], he’s not that. But if [the Warriors’] top four are back, he can be Harrison Barnes, a good fifth player.”
Many have mentioned this draft class doesn’t have much punch besides the top-three. Some have reported the Warriors have eyed Georgia shooting guard Anthony Edwards as a potential fit, while others have landed point guard LaMelo Ball as a potential selection in recent mock drafts.
Neither of the two aforementioned would get a chance to start with an All-Star backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, which is why a few consider it’s either Wiseman or a trade for the Warriors.
The freshman only played three collegiate games before getting suspended by the NCAA, something that possesses a certain risk for the franchise if they opt to select him in the 2020 NBA Draft.