James Wiseman Rumors
What do you expect from Steph this year? Andre Iguodala: I think they will be motivated from last year. I think it was good for them to have that time off. Going to that many Finals takes a toll on a body, especially what is expected from him. It was good for him to just be able to let the brain settle down from the last five years. I think Steph is in his bag right now in terms of the prep he’s been putting to get ready for the upcoming season. I’m really, really excited to see what he comes out and does. They have an interesting team. They made some good pickups. I like (Kelly) Oubre (Jr.) a lot. I like the draft pick (James Wiseman). Brad Wanamaker I like a lot. I got to play against him in the Eastern Conference finals. I think he’ll thrive in that system, and he is going to be really solid and a calming figure for them. Draymond (Green) has been putting his work in this summer too to get back out there. I think Steph’s going to have a big year.
Mullin said that Wiseman, the No. 2 pick, “is going to be a star” and is already impressed with the 7-foot-1, 251-pound center’s athleticism and poise. He said Bazemore, who has eight seasons of NBA experience, brings another reliable veteran presence. And he said that the Warriors would be happy if Oubre simply replicated his prolific numbers with Phoenix over the past two seasons. “To me, the biggest factor for these guys when it comes to replacing Klay Thompson and what he did is consistency,’’ Mullin said. “They need to be consistent in their contributions night after night.”
Injuries sunk the team to a 15-50 record in 2019-20, but they hope to return to the playoffs with a healthy Stephen Curry and a full season of Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, 19-year-old rookie James Wiseman and Oubre. “The end result is we’re looking at a very interesting team that has a chance to be elite defensively,” said Kerr, nodding to the team’s collective length and athleticism. “It really gives us a lot of flexibility to switch, to try some different things defensively, to be aggressive and trap, maybe do some things we haven’t done as much of over the years.”
Drew Shiller: Joe Lacob to Tim Kawakami on James Wiseman: “He was my No. 1 forever basically. I think he’s a once in a decade kind of guy. Other than Embiid, I don’t know that there’s another center prospect that’s come along in the last decade that you would put in the same category.”