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NBA Draft 2020: Draymond Green thinks James Wiseman to Warriors a 'good add'

NBA Draft 2020: Draymond Green thinks James Wiseman to Warriors a 'good add'

The Warriors will enter the 2020-21 NBA season with starters locked in at point guard, shooting guard, small forward and power forward.

But what about center?

Kevon Looney and Marquese Chriss have shown they can play steady minutes at the position, but there is an NBA draft prospect who could be a better long-term fit for the Warriors.

James Wiseman earlier was projected as the No. 1 prospect in the 2020 NBA Draft, but now he's fallen behind a few other players.

Could Wiseman be a match for the Warriors if they hold on to their top-5 draft pick?

Draymond Green believes so, though he admitted on ESPN's "Jalen and Jacoby" that he hasn't seen a lot of Wiseman -- in fairness none of us have.

"I've seen some clips of his workouts and highlights, and he looks to be pretty mobile, a pretty athletic guy," Green said Tuesday. "So with our speed and pace, the way we play, I think he would definitely be a great add if that's case, but I don't really know what pick we're going to get or what pick he's going to go. I'm a living testament to that. You never know how the draft is going to go and how the cards may fall."

In NBC Sports Bay Area's Mock Draft 10.0, Insider James Ham has the Warriors selecting Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton at No. 5 and the Minnesota Timberwolves picking Wiseman with the No. 6 pick.

With Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Green comprising four-fifths of the Warriors' starting lineup, the 7-foot-1, 235-pound Wiseman could be the missing piece.

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But he comes with question marks. Wiseman's college career at Memphis just lasted three games after he was ruled ineligible because the NCAA discovered that Memphis coach Penny Hardaway provided money to help Wiseman's family move from Nashville to Memphis in 2017.

Wiseman was reinstated, but instead of returning to Memphis, he decided to withdraw from school and prepare for the NBA draft. In those three games, Wiseman averaged 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in 23.0 minutes.

The Warriors have spoken to Wiseman on a Zoom call, The Athletic's Anthony Slater reported earlier this month, so we know he's on their radar.

With the draft pushed back until Oct. 16, the Warriors have plenty of time to make a decision on what to do with their pick. But it sounds like Wiseman has the Draymond Stamp of Approval.

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Heat guard Tyler Herro studies Warriors' Klay Thompson to improve shot

Heat guard Tyler Herro studies Warriors' Klay Thompson to improve shot

Klay Thompson's shot is that of near perfection. Steph Curry might be regarded as the greatest shooter in NBA history, but his fellow Splash Brother's form is picturesque. 

Miami Heat rookie Tyler Herro is taking note, too. The shooting guard has taken advantage of his time away from the court before the NBA's restart by watching film on Thompson and other greats.

"Klay Thompson, Ray Allen, CJ McCollum, Steve Nash and Bradley Beal are the guys that’s I’ve watched, just picking different things from each player," Herro recently told reporters, via the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman. 

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Herro, 20, is averaging 12.9 points per game for the Heat while shooting an impressive 39.1 percent from 3-point range. As a rookie, Thompson shot 41.4 percent from deep and has a career 41.9 shooting percentage from beyond the arc. They don't make many like Klay. 

Miami's young sharpshooter is studying one specific part of Thompson's game, too.

"You know, Klay and Ray, they do the catch-and-shoot very well," Herro said. "So that's the thing that I pay attention to when I'm watching them. But every player that I watch, or the coaches have me watch, I can dissect something new or something different from their game to try to add it to mine."

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Herro and the Heat resume their season Aug. 1 against the Denver Nuggets in Orlando. In just his first season, he has helped the Heat become a contender as a feared outside shooter and will play a big role once the NBA returns. 

Rested, healthy and full of more knowledge from hours watching film, we'll soon be able to see what exactly Herro picked up from Thompson other great shooters.

Eight things Warriors must do to return to NBA championship contention

Eight things Warriors must do to return to NBA championship contention

Until the current NBA season is completed -- if it ever is -- the Warriors will remain the reigning Western Conference champions. Yes, the 15-50 Golden State Warriors.

Obviously, they didn't come anywhere near their recent level of success this season, ending their season with the worst record in the league after making five straight NBA Finals. That said, the Warriors' roster isn't anywhere near the worst in the NBA. Not even close.

Though it would seem like quite a bounce-back, a Golden State resurgence next season isn't out of the question. In fact, for many reasons, you can bank on it. But resurgence isn't what the Warriors are aiming for. They don't simply want to climb out of the cellar.

They want to win championships.

Though they have many of the key ingredients already in place, some vital developments will have to occur in order for the Warriors to get back to title contention. Some will be more easily accomplished than others, and not all of them are in Golden State's control. But if the Warriors do these eight things, they'll give themselves a chance to lift the Larry O'Brien Trophy once again.

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