The Minnesota Timberwolves could have selected James Wiseman with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, but they went with Anthony Edwards instead.
So the Warriors nabbed the 7-foot center at No. 2 overall, and they couldn't be happier with their selection.
Wiseman put forth his best game of the season Wednesday night vs. the T-Wolves, racking up 25 points on a very efficient 9-for-14 from the field and 3-for-3 from 3-point range.
After the Warriors' 123-111 win, Wiseman had the following exchange during his Zoom session with the media:
ESPN's Nick Friedell: "You've said all along that this is the place you wanted to be, you wanted to play for the Warriors. But having that kind of great night, does it mean anything more to you to do that against the team that could have taken you No. 1 -- with the front office from that team watching you in the building?"
Wiseman: "Yeah, you could say that. But really I just was focused on the game plan and trying to win this game. I really wasn't worried about that factor. I'm motivated each game just trying to get better, be the best I can be out there. I'm really just happy we got the victory."
You got to love how Wiseman admitted his career night against Minnesota in fact was a little sweeter, but then he immediately pivoted to the win meaning more.
Those sorts of answers contribute to the Warriors feeling so fortunate to have the 19-year-old as part of the organization.
"He's not only talented, but he's got a great head on his shoulders," Steve Kerr said. "The way he handled everything the last couple of days -- moving to the bench, the way he responded to the media questions, the way he responded in practice -- this is a young guy who is very mature and wants to win and competes and works his butt off."
In addition to the 25 points, Wiseman had his best defensive performance as well.
Yours truly can't wait to see how Wiseman backs up his career night Thursday when the Warriors face off against Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns.