The seemingly endless wait is over.
Amid countless rumors that the Warriors were going to trade back, Golden State stood pat on Wednesday night, selecting center James Wiseman with the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft. Wiseman, 19, should slot in right away as the team’s starting center.
Wiseman is considered an elite athlete with potential as a two way force. He’s also considered to have the highest floor of any player in the draft, a player who at the very least can be a capable rim runner immediately, a role that can be highly productive in the Warriors’ system.
Like many of the top prospects in this draft, Wiseman’s tape is limited, the player just appearing in three games for Memphis amid a bizarre recruiting scandal. Wiseman was the consensus No. 1 player coming out of high school in 2019, and is considered to be a player with high character that impressed in pre-draft interviews.
The biggest question mark surrounding Wiseman is his shooting ability. Luckily that shouldn’t be an issue with the Warriors at least early in his career, assuming the injury to Klay Thompson is not as severe as initial reports seem to indicate.