NBA rumors: Warriors have James Wiseman at top of NBA draft board


The Warriors don't know when the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery or 2020 NBA Draft will be held.

They don't know if they will have the No. 1 or No. 2 or No. 3 or No. 4 or No. 5 overall pick.

It's unclear if they will keep the selection no matter what, or trade it for a win-now veteran.

But according to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report, they have identified a name at the top of their draft board.

A league source said the Warriors have Wiseman at the top of their draft board; understandable considering forward Dragan Bender, a late-season addition via two 10-day contracts, is the only 7-footer on the roster and 6'9" Kevon Looney is the only listed center.

While Wiseman certainly could slide right into the starting lineup, Bucher doesn't mention Marquese Chriss, who emerged as the Warriors' starting center after the Willie Cauley-Stein trade. Coach Steve Kerr repeatedly has talked about how excited he is to watch Chriss continue to grow at that position moving forward.

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Additionally, it's fair to take this report with a grain of salt. As Connor Letourneau of The San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier this month:

According to multiple league sources, The Chronicle contacted in the past few days, the Warriors — contrary to what mock drafts might suggest — aren’t believed to be high on two of the three players being mentioned as possibilities at the No. 1 pick: former Memphis center James Wiseman and point guard LaMelo Ball, who last played for the Illawarra Hawks of Australia’s National Basketball League.

As one source put it, “I think they’d only take one of those two if they were trading down in the draft and taking them for another team.”

So why might the Warriors steer clear of the 7-foot 19-year-old who played just three games at Memphis this year?

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"The thing about Wiseman is that there are always questions about his competitiveness and whether or not he loves basketball," NBC Sports college basketball writer Rob Dauster explained to NBC Sports Bay Area in mid-January. "Of all the red flags you see come along with big guys that kind of loff their way through high school and loff their way through college a little bit, and it hasn't been helped by the fact that he basically quit on his Memphis team earlier this month.

"There are red flags involved with him, but if you have a guy with competitiveness issues, I think the absolutely perfect fit for him would be to put him in a locker room with guys like Draymond Green and Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. You're not going to be able to loff when you have those guys to answer to after every single practice and after every game."

We shall see.

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