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NBA mock draft: Warriors pick Wiseman for interesting reason

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It's been a while since any of the major national media outlets have published updated mock drafts.

But that changed Tuesday when Sam Vecenie of The Athletic took version 8.0 live.

So who does he have the Warriors taking with the No. 2 overall pick? That would be 7-foot-1 center James Wiseman.

But there's a catch.

"The Warriors are really exploring a lot of trade options with this pick, and I think I’d be surprised if they end up selecting at No. 2," Vecenie writes. "I’ve slid Wiseman up to No. 2, not because I think the Warriors are necessarily likely to take him, but rather because I think he’s the most likely target for a team in a trade."

Interesting.

So if this comes to fruition, it most likely means the Warriors traded down in the lottery and acquired a future draft asset and/or a veteran rotation player.

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For example, yours truly in late August wrote about a hypothetical deal in which the Warriors acquired Marvin Bagley and the No. 12 pick from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the second overall selection.

But let's circle back to Wiseman.

"Having talked to sources who have seen Wiseman work out in Miami, there is some real enthusiasm about his play," Vecenie writes. "He’s looked dominant in workouts and in the runs with other high-level NBA draft prospects. A lot of executives I’ve spoken with actually consider Wiseman to be among the safer players in the draft.

 

"The disagreement is whether or not he has star upside, something that is necessary for a team to be willing to take a center at the top of the draft in today’s day and age."

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr recently admitted that his team needs to get bigger and more athletic in order to truly contend for the NBA title next season. Adding Wiseman to the roster certainly checks both of those boxes.

But president of basketball operations Bob Myers could address those issues in free agency instead of the draft (or by picking a different big man).

The Warriors and every other NBA team will be allowed to conduct in-person meetings and workouts with prospects from Oct. 16 through Nov. 16. It's safe to assume that members of Golden State's front office will be hopping on a flight soon in order to spend some quality time with Wiseman.

The 2020 NBA Draft is scheduled for Nov. 18.

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