One big man who has No. 1 pick potential—Memphis freshman center James Wiseman—played only three games last season. Rather than wait out a 12-game suspension imposed by the NCAA because three years ago his mother accepted $11,500 from Penny Hardaway—whom the NCAA deemed a Memphis booster then, though he is the Tigers head coach now—the 7’1″ Wiseman opted to simply leave school. 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. But none of the executives surveyed put Wiseman in the category of Dwight Howard or even Deandre Ayton, big men capable of playing a significant role on Day 1.