Andrew Bogut knows what it's like to be a top pick in the NBA draft. He understands the pressure that's immediately put on the shoulders of a young 7-footer. He has been in James Wiseman's shoes.
And he's very impressed with the Warriors' 19-year-old center.
"Wiseman, he's doing a fantastic job and it's gonna take him time to get used to everything but I've got a few friends that are coaches there still and they tell me that he's the real deal," Bogut said Tuesday on KNBR's "Mark Willard Show." "He's gonna be a fantastic player."
Wiseman already has earned the role of the Warriors' starting center. Through seven games as a pro, he's averaging 11.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. He isn't just a lumbering big man, though.
The long lefty is shooting 41.7 percent from 3-point range while averaging just under two attempts per game. His attempts should only increase as the season goes on, too.
Bogut was turning 28 years old when he was traded to the Warriors and was in his age-30 season when Steve Kerr became his head coach. The now-retired big man knows how complex Kerr's offense can be, which is a major reason why he has been so impressed by Wiseman.
"That system's a unique system to play in as a young fella," Bogut said. "It's a hard one to adjust to, especially for a young guy like that. It's probably the opposite of what you've been taught as a big guy at times because everything is set up to get a ton of 3s up and you have to have a high basketball IQ to know where Steph, and once Klay's back, and where all these guys like to shoot from.
"He's learning on the fly from what I hear. He's got a body that you can't teach, his wingspan is way above average, he's athletic, he can protect the rim, he can handle the ball -- I think he's got all the tools and from what I understand, he's just got to catch up on all the NBA terminology and the way that all goes. Once that all clicks for him, he'll be a very important cog for that roster."
In only a handful of NBA games, Wiseman already is a very important piece to the Warriors' success in the present and the future. His list of admirers is growing by the minute, including a former Warriors champion in Bogut.