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Things took a turn for the worse during the 2019-20 campaign. All-Star guard Klay Thompson tore his ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, while Kevin Durant signed with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency.
Then, Stephen Curry got hurt early in the season, and the result was that the Warriors fell to the bottom of the standings, finishing the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 campaign with a 15-50 record.
Golden State was rewarded with the No. 2 pick for its futile season, which they used on big man James Wiseman.
The Memphis product had an up-and-down rookie season for the Dubs. Wiseman averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game but struggled with consistency issues.
Golden State’s net rating was 11.4 points better per 100 possessions with Wiseman on the bench. His 110.6 defensive rating is fourth-worst out of any Warrior who has played meaningful minutes, per NBA.com.
But Wiseman did flash some potential. He had a season-high 25 points and six rebounds in the Jan. 27 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He showed his athletic ability by being on the receiving end of several alley-oops and finished well around the rim.
Wiseman’s rookie season ended when he tore his meniscus in April. Head coach Steve Kerr spoke with Anthony Slater of The Athletic and gave some good news on Wiseman’s health.
“He’s right on schedule for everything and, as of now, medical team tells me he will be ready for camp.”
Kerr likes what he saw from Wiseman during a less than ideal rookie season. The pandemic forced teams to alter their offseason training programs, which limited Wiseman’s time to work with Golden State coaches following the draft.
He also dealt with some injury issues before hurting his knee and missed time due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
Kerr feels good about Wiseman’s ability to develop into the Dubs’ long-term solution at center despite the challenges of last season.
Kerr is watching a certain player currently playing in the NBA Finals and hoping Wiseman can use him as a blueprint for future success.
“I’m just so inspired by what [Deandre] Ayton has been able to do [in the playoffs],” Kerr said. ”And I think there’s no reason why James can’t follow that same path.
“I know everybody is impatient [and] wants him to be great now. It just doesn’t work that way. But if we continue to develop him and we’re having a great season — that’s the whole plan, that’s the whole idea.
“Over the long haul, we’re gonna develop James and we feel like he’s gonna be our starting center at some point for a long, long time.”
Wiseman has been mentioned as possible trade bait as general manager Bob Myers does his due diligence on what type of return he could get this offseason. Golden State also owns the Nos. 7 and 14 selections in the 2021 NBA Draft and could package the picks with Wiseman to acquire some veteran help.
Durant has been making headlines for some of his comments on social media lately. The two-time NBA Finals MVP shared his thoughts on the matchup between the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2017 title. (NBC Sports)
Who will the Dubs take if they keep both of their lottery picks this year? Fansided’s Tony Pesto released his latest mock draft.
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 12: Head coach Steve Kerr speaks to James Wiseman #33 of the Golden State Warriors after he picked up his fourth foul in their game against the Indiana Pacers in the second period at Chase Center on January 12, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
The Warriors have been working out a slew of prospects that they could take with the No. 7 overall pick.
Moses Moody is one of them, and the Dubs have already worked out the Arkansas star guard. Moody has some stellar highlights from his lone season at Arkansas, showing his aggression defensively, ability to shoot from deep, and vision.
Moody is just one of several potential players. It’s a list of includes Baylor guard Davion Mitchell and Duke forward Jalen Johnson, each having their own reasons to be taken at No. 7. There are many players that could be taken at 7.
The Dubs should have a good idea of who will be available as the top-six players seem somewhat locked in. That’s both helpful and painful to know as that means the top-six players are a tier above the rest of the pack.
It really shouldn’t matter as the Golden State Warriors should trade the pick. That’s what they should do with the 7th overall pick — trade it.
The prospects that could make a difference are there, but none would have the immediate impact that a player like Myles Turner or Pascal Siakam would have. If a bigger trade for an older player like Damian Lillard or Paul George is on the table, then doing that is a no-brainer option.
However, it’s unlikely the Warriors would want to trade all the future assets it would take to acquire either player. On top of that, they may not truly need that third superstar talent to reign over the league.
Just theoretical trades for Lillard would start with Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, at least four first-round picks, and then potentially a plethora of pick swaps as well. For a 31-year-old, that seems extreme.
Golden State needs to find a balance of a trade that would help them now and not starve them of any future assets. It will be a tough spot for the Dubs to land in, but trading the pick for a player that can help them contend is the right move.
The Warriors have a small window left to win a championship. Their Big 3 are all starting to age more into their 30s, and with one or two more prime seasons remaining, the Dubs must take advantage of them.
It may be painful to trade the pick knowing the talent that’s there, especially after the workouts that they’re putting on. However, Golden State needs to think of the now which would include strengthening their current roster with a developed player that could immediately contribute.
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