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Penny Hardaway makes best pitch for James Wiseman to join Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors, James Wiseman, Penny Hardaway, Stephen Curry

The Golden State Warriors have recently been mulling over trading away their valuable second overall pick for a seasoned star or keeping the asset and start a youth movement within the team. Former NBA player and current Memphis Tigers head coach Penny Hardaway did his part to convince the Warriors to keep the pick and gladly vouched for his former player in top prospect James Wiseman.

“He can easily keep up with the game and the pace,” Hardaway told NBC Sports Bay Area this week about how James Wiseman could fit with the Warriors. “He’s very athletic, very fast. He’d instantly be one of the better rim runners in the league. He’s also a rim protector; he is going to protect the rim. His skill set is good enough now, and it’s going to get better, especially because he’d be playing with veterans like Draymond, Klay and Steph.”

In three game played for the Tigers, the Warriors prospect averaged 19.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, and three blocks through 23 minutes of action. Despite not having much clips of him due to his shortened tenure in Memphis, Wiseman is still an intriguing prospect for any team. Indeed, there is a lot to like about an athletic 7-foot-1, 240-pound teenager with a 7-6 wingspan.

His quick feet makes him a versatile big man who won’t get left behind even in Dub Nation’s fast paced and trigger-happy style of offense. With Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green all not getting younger, the Tennessee native is a promising torch-bearer to invest on. Time will tell if that’s what the Warriors do or if they opt to go in another direction. They’ve been linked to nearly every prospect in the class. 

The 2020 NBA Draft is looming around the corner and the opinion of Hardaway certainly gave more reasons for the Warriors to keep an eye out for Wiseman.