With the No. 2 overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft, the Warriors selected a player who played fewer collegiate games than Steph Curry played in last season. James Wiseman’s college career came to an abrupt end after only three contests, but within that limited span, he was able to exhibit a few skills that he should be able to carry over to the professional level.
The first thing that jumps off the tape is his size and athleticism. At 7-foot-1 and 240 pounds, there are few people that large that can move as fluidly as he can. He is imposing in the paint, a dominant rebounder and tremendous rim protector, a set of characteristics the Warriors sorely need.
But in the modern NBA, the traditional center is an endangered species. Now more than ever, players who can’t shoot are easily exposed and a severe detriment to an effective offense. If you check out Wiseman’s college highlights, the vast majority of them will be dunks and blocks. But you won’t find many shots from the perimeter. In fact, he attempted just one 3-pointer during his time at Memphis. And he missed.
That might give some teams cause for concern. Clearly, though, the Warriors were not. And it might have something to do with how certain his college coach is that Wiseman will be able to extend his range at the NBA level.
“Yeah, he’s been working on that for the…