Klay Thompson believes the sky's the limit for James Wiseman, and he can't wait to share the floor with the talented Warriors rookie.
"I'm excited to play with him, man," Thompson, who's recovering from a torn right Achilles tendon, said Saturday on NBC Sports Bay Area's broadcast of the Warriors' game against the Detroit Pistons at Chase Center.
"You see his ability nightly to play above the rim, and he does thing that you could never reach as far as being able to pick the ball off the rim and go 94 feet, eurostep, and dunk. I've only seen so many guys in the NBA do that, he's one of them. And, I mean, how many 19-year-olds are getting double-doubles every other night? Not very many. ... When we have a full squad, it's going to be scary."
Thompson sustained his season-ending injury in November, mere hours before the Warriors drafted Wiseman, a 19-year-old center out of Memphis, with the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Golden State's aspirations for this season centered on Wiseman growing under the veteran guidance of Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Thompson, who missed the entirety of the 2019-20 NBA season while recovering from a torn ACL sustained in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
Instead, Thompson is once again the middle of a lengthy rehab process. The 30-year-old has spent more time around the Warriors' facility in recent days, and he told Warriors TV broadcasters Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike on Saturday that he has really enjoyed getting to know Wiseman, who happens to be his locker mate.
"To know he's 19 and I'm about to be 31 in a couple weeks, I just feel like a real vet," Thompson explained. "And it's fun to pick his brain about who he grew up watching and what he expects his rookie year."
Barring injury, Wiseman should have (at least) 72 games of seasoning by the time Thompson is able to play in a game with him. How "scary" the Warriors are next season will depend on Wiseman's development and Thompson's health, but the injured All-Star is dreaming big.