2020 NBA Draft mock 5.0: First 31 picks in early October

Tyler Watts
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2020 NBA Draft mock #2: Golden State Warriors- James Wiseman

The Warriors would love to add Edwards because he is the best fit around Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. If he is off the board, Golden State has a difficult decision to make. James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball are part of the top tier. Ball struggles with his jumper, which could eliminate him. The Dubs best option may be trading the pick for more immediate help.

Since that is not possible in this mock draft, they take James Wiseman. There is limited college tape on the 7’1 big man because he left Memphis after just three games. He showed the ability to score, rebound, and block shots in the small sample, though.

Teams will be interested in his potential as a defensive anchor. Wiseman could grow into a player that protects the rim and defends well on the perimeter if he reaches his ceiling, but expect the 19-year-old to struggle early on. It is a difficult adjustment to defend NBA bigs in the paint, which will only be made worse by Wiseman’s lack of experience. Fouls could be an issue early in his career too.

Wiseman should be a vertical spacer and lob threat on the offensive end. That will only further open the floor for Curry and Thompson to shoot. The fit could be scary for the rest of the NBA if Wiseman reaches his ceiling.

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