The Golden State Warriors selected James Wiseman out of Memphis with the second overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft.
It was a move accompanied by a lot of controversy.
LaMelo Ball, who was taken one pick later, felt the Warriors lied to him. His tremendous Rookie of the Year campaign after the fact only exacerbated the issue.
Wiseman, meanwhile, struggled to impress in his first season as a pro. Inevitable trade chatter followed.
Coming into this season, many wondered where Wiseman stood with the organization.
Last week, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr appeared on a podcast and attempted to answer that question.
When pressed on whether Wiseman could usher in a special new era of prominent NBA big men, Kerr offered a surprising response.
“Yeah, because of the skill level we saw last year,” Kerr said on the podcast. “He showed glimpses right away of being a player who can step out and shoot threes and get to the rim and handle the ball, and now it’s a matter of putting all that stuff together, which takes time.”
The Warriors will be an interesting team to keep an eye on this year. Obviously Klay Thompson’s injury prevents them from truly being a title contender, but they can still be sneaky good if everything else comes together for them (and off-the-court drama doesn’t derail them).
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And then if they’re able to actually secure one of the blockbuster deals they’re being linked to, then even a championship isn’t out of the question.