NBA GMs pick Wiseman as rookie who'll be best in five years

James Wiseman pregame dunk

The results from the 19th annual NBA.com general manager survey were released Friday morning.

And the league's top executives believe Warriors big man James Wiseman has a very bright future.

Here are the results from two of the questions:

Who will win the 2020-21 Kia Rookie of the Year?

1. LaMelo Ball, Charlotte – 39%

2. James Wiseman, Golden State – 29%

3. Obi Toppin, New York – 18%

4. Anthony Edwards, Minnesota – 7%

Also receiving votes: Deni Avdija, Washington; Isaac Okoro, Cleveland

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Which rookie will be the best player in five years?

1. James Wiseman, Golden State – 36%

2. LaMelo Ball, Charlotte – 25%

3. Anthony Edwards, Minnesota – 14%

4. Patrick Williams, Chicago – 11%

5. Isaac Okoro, Cleveland – 7%

Also receiving votes: Onyeka Okongwu, Atlanta; Obi Toppin, New York

Golden State's hope is that Wiseman five years from now is an All-Star and potentially even an All-NBA caliber player.

The 7-foot center has the physical tools and work ethic to be a special talent, and Warriors fans are champing at the bit to see him in action.

Wiseman was sidelined for all three of the Dubs' preseason games, and it's unclear if he will be available for the season opener Tuesday against Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets.

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"He's the equivalent of a sophomore in college who redshirted his first year, and we're throwing him into an NBA game," Steve Kerr told the media Wednesday. "So where he is now compared to where he's gonna be two years from now ... two different things.


"You're talking about a guy who is seven feet tall, huge wing span, runs the floor, good touch, handles the ball -- the package you don't see very often. But there's zero experience in that package now.

"So our job is to help him gain the experience at a reasonable pace -- not overloading him but giving him the room he needs to learn and to grow.

"I know all of our fans are probably hoping he's gonna be David Robinson when he steps out on the floor. But picture David Robinson as a sophomore at Navy. That's the guy you're comparing him to, not the All-Star with the [San Antonio] Spurs."

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