Count Kendrick Perkins among those who thinks big things are on the horizon for James Wiseman.
The 14-year NBA vet and current ESPN and NBC Sports Boston contributor joined Grant Liffmann on the latest episode of “Dubs Talk” to share his thoughts on Wiseman, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
“I’m predicting he’ll be an All-Star in the next three years, for sure,” Perkins said.
Wiseman is expected to miss the next six to nine days as he recovers from a left wrist sprain he suffered on Saturday against the Detroit Pistons. In 20 games this season, Wiseman has averaged 12.2 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from 3-point range.
Big men are evolving and Wiseman is the perfect example. Perkins listed off all the things that make the rookie such a unique talent for a 7-footer.
“The ceiling hasn’t changed, it’s very high,” Perkins said. “He’s a big who can put the ball on the floor, push it coast to coast. [A] guy that can pick and pop, a lob threat at the rim, defends at a high level, can shoot the 15-footer, got a nice offensive package on the low block, can take guys off the dribble.”
Wiseman would have to put together a ridiculous season once he comes back to be considered for the All-Star team this year, but that’s clearly not the goal for the 19-year-old. The Warriors envision him as their center of the future, and his ability to put the ball on the floor and shoot the 3-pointer opens up a huge world of possibility for coach Steve Kerr’s offense.
In addition to his raw athleticism, he also has shown some impressive skill on the low block.
We’ll have to wait and see if Perkins’ prediction is correct, but Wiseman certainly looks like he has the tools and mindset to develop into a perennial All-Star for the Dubs.