NBA 2020: The Golden State Warriors got good and bad news on the NBA Draft 2020 night. With the 2nd overall pick, they selected the best big men in this year’s draft class – James Wiseman. And, their star shooting guard Klay Thompson will miss the next season due to an Achilles injury.
The 30-year-old shooting guard sustained a right lower leg injury on Wednesday while playing pickup basketball in downtown Los Angeles with current and former NBA players.
Klay Thompson had to be helped out of the gym to his car. He could not even lift weights with his legs.
The Golden State Warriors’ top pick was also upset by the news.
“As soon as I saw [the news], it was kind of down for me emotionally. But as a team, we’ve got his back no matter what. In terms of my perspective, I just can’t wait to go in there and give my great contribution toward the team.” said the Warriors’ No. 2 pick, James Wiseman.
Been waiting for Draft Day my whole life. Shoutout to @MountainDew and @jarenjacksonjr for letting me showcase my skills off the court before #NBADraft night. #DewxNBADraft #ad pic.twitter.com/DLQ9kj3SL2
— James Wiseman (@BigTicket_JW) November 14, 2020
How will James Wiseman give the Golden State Warriors a new hope?
Penny Hardaway, who coached Wiseman at Memphis, told that Wiseman is driven to be the best big man in the NBA and will be the “fastest big man from one end to the other.”
Front-office executives and scouts like his potential. One NBA scout told The Undefeated that Wiseman is “a combination of David Robinson and Chris Bosh.”
On hearing these comparisons, James Wiseman said “I mean, it’s high praise, but I just want to create my own thing, be my own player. I’m James Wiseman, I’m myself, I’m authentic. So, I’m just going to go in there again, grow, and adapt and stay humble and work my tail off every day.”
Wiseman arrived at Memphis ranked No. 1 in the ESPN 100 Class of 2019. But the Memphis, Tennessee. He played in only three college games (averaging 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds) after he was suspended for 12 games in November by the NCAA.
Instead of serving the suspension, Wiseman opted to leave Memphis and prepare for the draft and became the No. 2 pick.
“He is a very special talent. I look forward to having him out there next to me and trying to teach him all I can,” said Draymond Green.
With Klay Thompson out for the next season, the Warriors will depend on their stars Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and hopefully their new signing James Wiseman.