The Golden State Warriors have selected Memphis Tigers Center, James Wiseman with the second overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
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Wiseman had it tough during his time at Memphis. He was suspended by the NCAA for accepting improper benefits, including $11,500 in moving expenses from Memphis coach Penny Hardaway, but chose to enter the NBA Draft immediately rather than serve the suspension and return.
At 7-1, and with a 7-6 wingspan, Wiseman is ready to have a breakout season with the Warriors and is expected to be one of the best rim-protectors in the association.
Wiseman may be what Golden State has been needing, as he could be implemented into a starting five alongside Stephen Curry, Play Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green. Steve Kerr's team is expected to be one of the top contenders in the NBA this coming season if fully-healthy.
Throughout their entire legacy, which included three NBA championships in five years, the Warriors played without a star Center in the line-up. Now, it seems they have finally found their gem.
"I have a great relationship with Steph," Wiseman said. "Obviously I went to his camp (while in high school). He taught me a lot about the game of basketball, gave me a lot of information. That's my guy."