Warriors

Draymond believes teaching Wiseman is an honor, privilege

Warriors

James Wiseman couldn't have landed in a better situation to learn how to be an elite defender.

When the Warriors drafted the 19-year-old with the No. 2 overall pick in November's NBA draft, they salivated at the idea of Wiseman learning from former Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green.

In the three games Draymond has played this season -- all on the Warriors' current homestand -- Wiseman has recorded two blocks in each game.

Green is enjoying taking on the veteran leadership role for the young center.

"To have the opportunity to play with a kid that's such a special talent, 19 years old and doing the things he can do, I'm honored and privileged to try to take on the veteran leadership role for him and try to show him the way," Green told NBC Sports Bay Area's Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike after the Warriors' 137-106 win over the Kings on Monday night. "And if I can hold up my end of the bargain, I know he's going to hold up his and I'll try to show him what I can and he'll be a star.

"He'll be a star without me, but if I can try to help him, give him all my knowledge, that's what my vets did for me, so I owe that to him."

The Warriors know that Wiseman is a work-in-progress. After all, he played in just three college games at Memphis, with the last game coming in November 2019.

 

But with Draymond healthy and able to teach in-game, the 7-foot Wiseman is in great hands.

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