Zero chance Warriors pass on Wiseman in draft, David Thorpe says


What will the Warriors do with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft?

That's the question everybody has been asking since Aug. 20 when they landed the consolation prize at the draft lottery.

According to TrueHoop's David Thorpe, Golden State absolutely will take James Wiseman.

"My only concern in saying that is that he might not last to the second pick," Thorpe writes. "But there’s zero chance Wiseman falls to the third pick. He’s perfect for Golden State.

"Wiseman is the best prospect in the draft."

The Minnesota Timberwolves possess the rights to the top overall selection, and the assumption is they won't choose Wiseman because they already have Karl-Anthony Towns.

So will somebody trade up to No. 1 in order to land the 7-foot-1 center?

In his updated mock draft, The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor has the Charlotte Hornets (who have the No. 3 pick) leapfrogging the Warriors and nabbing Wiseman.

But if that scenario does not come to fruition, and if the 19-year-old is available when the Warriors are on the clock, will he be the choice?

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Owner Joe Lacob, president of basketball operations Bob Myers and coach Steve Kerr reportedly traveled to the East Coast last week to watch Wiseman work out.


"Wiseman is as big and skilled as advertised," The Athletic's Marcus Thompson writes. "They also liked him when they had their conversation/interview or whatever it was."

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Kerr recently said the Warriors need to get bigger and more athletic this offseason, and Wiseman checks both of those boxes.

"He’d instantly be one of the better rim runners in the league," Penny Hardaway -- Wiseman's college coach at Memphis -- told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole this week.  He’s also a rim protector; he is going to protect the rim. His skill set is good enough now, and it's going to get better, especially because he’d be playing with veterans like Draymond [Green], Klay [Thompson] and Steph [Curry].

“Also, he can space out to the 3-point line. He’s been working on his jump shot and his understanding of studying film and what a team wants and needs. In their system, with those guys, he would be spectacular.”

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