The Golden State Warriors selected center James Wiseman with the second overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday.
Wiseman, who stands 7’1 and is 19 years old, played just three games at Memphis this year before NCAA ruled him ineligible due to money that he received to help him move. In those three games, Wiseman averaged 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks per game, while shooting 76.9% from the field.
He was considered the consensus top player in the class when he went to Memphis, but his lack of time playing against collegiate competition turned him into something of an unknown ahead of the draft.
The pros and cons of Wiseman’s game are clear. He’s an outstanding athlete, with incredible height, strength, and leaping ability. He’s a tremendous rim-runner, with an amazing array of skills around the rim.
On the other end of things, his decision making and instincts have been questioned, and he currently lacks the range to be an offensive threat when not under the hoop. It’s unclear how versatile and effective he can be defensively.
Either way, he should make a very fun lob threat for Steph Curry. Welcome to Dub Nation, James Wiseman.
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