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McCollum gives opinion on Wiseman, Rookie of the Year race

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What does Portland Trail Blazers star guard CJ McCollum think of Warriors rookie James Wiseman?

Glad you asked.

"Wiseman -- shout-out to my fellow Excel [Sports] athlete. Has a bright, bright future," McCollum said this week on his "Pull Up" podcast. "I think Wiseman has showed he is the big man of the future.

"He's versatile, he can block shots, he runs like a deer and he has touch out to the 3-point line, which is very important in today's day and age."

Back on Jan. 3 -- when Steph Curry dropped 62 points against the Blazers -- Wiseman had a solid night, recording 12 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in just 22 minutes.

Wiseman does have an extremely bright future. But his somewhat rocky rookie season experienced another bump in the road this week when he was unable to take the court for the Warriors' win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday due to COVID-19 protocols. And he will miss at least the next three games as well.

The soon-to-be 20-year-old was sidelined for 11 games in February because of a sprained left wrist, and he was benched until the fourth quarter vs. the LA Clippers last week after missing a COVID-19 test over the All-Star break.

McCollum made his comments about the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 draft shortly after making a declaration regarding Lonzo Ball and Anthony Edwards.

 

"Based on recent circumstances and how well Edwards has been playing -- I think they should share Rookie of the Year," he said. "Two rookies who have shown they have star-like qualities and will be in this league for a long time."

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Edwards is averaging 27.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals over the Minnesota Timberwolves' last four games, while shooting nearly 48 percent from the field and over 42 percent from beyond the arc.

Ball -- who without question would win the award if the season ended today -- is averaging 19.9 points, 6.5 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals over the Charlotte Hornets' last 20 games on 47.5 percent shooting overall and 43.9 percent on 3s.

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