James Wiseman is approaching the final games of the first half of his rookie season, and even though injuries kept the No. 2 overall pick out of action for a couple of weeks, he already is proving himself across the NBA.
That includes Mychal Thompson, father of Klay Thompson and radio color commentator for the Los Angeles Lakers. Thompson offered plenty of high praise, and an intriguing comparison, for the rookie in an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke, which will be aired in full Sunday on Warriors Pregame Live.
"[Wiseman] is going to be fine," Thompson said. "He’s only 19. You can see he has a high basketball IQ. He’s willing to be coached, not only be Steve Kerr but by Draymond [Green], Steph [Curry] Klay, the veterans on the team. He obviously has a lot of talent."
In fact, Wiseman's early impressions have been so encouraging that they've reminded Thompson of a Hall of Famer.
"I played against David Robinson, and he reminds me of a young David Robinson," Thompson said on Wiseman. "Athletic, fast, good hands, good touch. He’s going to be a star in this league for many, many years."
That surely is quite the compliment. Robinson was a 10-time NBA All-Star and a two-time NBA champ. If that's the pace Wiseman is on, it's obviously a great place to be.
Sure, Wiseman is just 23 games into his NBA career, but in that small sample size he has already shown plenty of poise and potential. He scored 16 points in the Warriors' win over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday, and is averaging 12.3 and 5.8 rebounds over 20.4 minutes per game. But perhaps the biggest focal point over Wiseman is his reputation as being both coachable and a quick learner, both of which Thompson has also noticed.
"The Warriors got a good one in James Wiseman because he’s willing to just absorb all the knowledge," Thompson said. "He’s very mature for his age, and to go along with his skills, I think he’s going to be a multiple time All-Star."
Safe to say if Thompson's predictions pan out, Wiseman and the Warriors will be quite happy with the outcome.