Countless rumors previously swirled around the Minnesota Timberwolves and their first overall pick along with top prospect James Wiseman ahead of the 2020 NBA Draft.
Former Timberwolves player and interim head coach Sam Mitchell recently joined in on the conversation and voiced his opinion regarding the Minnesota-based squad opting to select the Memphis big man, as per FanSided.
Would James Wiseman be a good fit with the Timberwolves? @SamMitchellNBA discusses why he’s intrigued by a potential Wiseman-KAT frontcourt in Minnesota. pic.twitter.com/EfNEcabvy9
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Mitchell compared the decision to pair Wiseman with Karl-Anthony Towns as a rebirth of the Tim Duncan–David Robinson back in the late 1990s until the early 2000s. The two big men was able to successfully lift a small-market team like the San Antonio Spurs to relevance by winning two NBA championships together in a span of six seasons playing alongside each other.
James Wiseman was described as a more athletic version of Robinson who could also put the ball on the floor and defend other versatile players. His shot would further need more improvements, but pairing him with an elite offensive big man like Towns will prove to be deadly even in today’s small-ball schemes.
In three appearances with the Memphis Tigers, the Tennessee native recorded 19.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks per game. On the other hand, the two-time All-Star in Towns averaged career-best numbers of 26.5 points and 4.4 assists along with 10.8 rebounds in his fifth campaign in the league.
The Timberwolves were also linked to selecting LaMelo Ball or trading away their top pick for a high-caliber player, but drafting Wiseman would most likely be their best option, at least according to Sam Mitchell. Nov. 18 will see whether the team will pursue the Memphis big man or go in a different direction moving forward.