Bill Simmons still ranks Wiseman over Ball among NBA rookies

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The Warriors could have selected LaMelo Ball in the 2020 NBA Draft, but they went with James Wiseman at No. 2 overall instead.

Ball -- who went No. 3 to the Charlotte Hornets -- right now is the frontrunner for NBA Rookie of the Year, as he is averaging 14.8 points, 6.1 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 28.3 minutes per game. He is shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 35 percent from deep.

Wiseman no longer is in the starting lineup and has gone through standard rookie growing pains, but he has been very productive in various games.

And more importantly, he has shown flashes that lead you to believe he can be a perennial All-Star and franchise cornerstone down the line.

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On the latest episode of "The Bill Simmons Podcast," Simmons explained how he loves watching LaMelo and the Hornets -- which led to the following back-and-forth:

Simmons: "Has it gotten to the point where the Warriors front office guys are kind of looking at each other?"

Lowe: "Ehhh. I don't think so. I think they like Wiseman."

Simmons: "I'd still have Wiseman as my No. 1. But he's now 1A and LaMelo is 1B."


Wiseman missed the Warriors-Hornets game last Saturday because of a sprained left wrist, while Ball registered seven points (3-for-10 shooting), three rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and five turnovers.

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They both will take the court Friday night when Golden State hosts Charlotte at Chase Center, and most likely there will be knee-jerk overreactions to whatever transpires.

The reality is we have no clue how everything is going to pan out, and probably won't know for several years.

So just stay patient, and enjoy watching each player grow before forming any concrete conclusions.

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