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Why Warriors NBA draft target James Wiseman doesn't care if he goes No. 1

Why Warriors NBA draft target James Wiseman doesn't care if he goes No. 1

It's unclear if the Warriors covet big man James Wiseman in the 2020 NBA Draft.

We've seen a report that claimed Wiseman is at the top of Golden State's board (although we recently learned the board has not yet been finalized), and we've also heard that the Dubs are higher on Onyeka Okongwu.

Ultimately, it will be very surprising if Wiseman falls outside the top five. Depending on who wins the lottery, he could end up being the first player selected.

"I really don't care about the No. 1 spot to be honest," the 7-footer told Stadium's Jeff Goodman. "I just want to get better and just be a student of the game. Having real NBA vets teach you a lot about the game of basketball -- being in that type of environment will make my game develop tremendously.

"I just want to go to a team that I can fit the most and be successful."

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Many draft analysts believe Wiseman would fit in perfectly with the Warriors as a rim-running center who can serve as a lob threat on the offensive end, while protecting the rim defensively.

But there are question marks about his motor and feel for the game.

Yet, as Goodman told Wiseman: "I did a poll of 35 NBA executives on who they would take with the No. 1 overall pick -- 20 of the 35 picked you."

"That's good. That's such a blessing," the 19-year-old said. "When I get into the league, I'm trying to make a name for myself. I really don't care about the numbers -- I could go No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3.

"I'm just ready to go become a better player."

That's a great mindset to have.

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Watch Steph Curry, Canelo Álvarez spar at celebrity golf tournament

Watch Steph Curry, Canelo Álvarez spar at celebrity golf tournament

Oh no! Steph Curry got in a sparring match.

Just kidding. But the Warriors superstar did have a fake fight with legendary boxer Canelo Álvarez as the two participated in the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament in Lake Tahoe while waiting for a practice round.

Canelo made Curry look the least athletic he probably has ever looked -- and that’s saying something. 

Canelo swiped from the left side at Steph and he couldn’t believe it. 

“You’re supposed to move, dude,” somebody shouted as Steph laughed. 

Canelo has just one loss across his career with 53 wins in 56 fights -- 36 of those wins were by knockout. That’s probably why he’s dubbed the world’s best active boxer by BoxRec. 

[RELATED: Steph adorably teaches son to golf on the beach]

Glad it’s Steph and not me.

Don’t worry, nobody was hurt in the making of this Instagram story. 

Warriors 2020 NBA free agency targets: Five big men team could sign

Warriors 2020 NBA free agency targets: Five big men team could sign

The Warriors need to bolster their frontcourt this offseason.

They could do just that through the NBA draft, free agency or both.

Last week, Grant Liffmann listed some possible "under-the-radar" free-agents the front office could target. And Monte Poole, Kerith Burke, Liffmann and yours truly discussed those options this week on the latest "Warriors Roundtable."

It's very possible that general manager Bob Myers and his staff make it a priority to sign a player (or two) who is a threat from deep.

The plan was for Kevon Looney to add the 3-point shot to his game last year, but injuries derailed his season.

Marquese Chriss averaged 2.7 3-point attempts per game over his first two NBA seasons with the Phoenix Suns, but just shot 39 3s over 59 games with the Dubs in 2019-20 (he made eight).

[RELATED: Debating guards, wings Warriors could sign in free agency]

And Draymond Green -- who might end up playing more center in 2020-21 -- has not shot the ball consistently well from beyond the arc the last four regular seasons.

To see which big men the Warriors might be interested in adding this October, watch the full conversation above.

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