Final NBA Mock Draft: Wolves prioritize wings, Knicks take Avdija

Anthony Edwards of the Georgia Bulldogs. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Timberwolves, James Wiseman
James Wiseman of the Memphis Tigers is a potential Minnesota Timberwolves draft target. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images) /

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The Golden State Warriors are seemingly trying to move this pick in order to get a player that can help them win now. While I’m doubtful they will be able to land a star-caliber guy, they might be able to peel away a high-level role player from a team, depending on their situation.

This pick comes after LaMelo Ball’s impressive series of workouts with top teams in the draft this past week. It seems as though he played himself into contention for the Warriors. Still, though, James Wiseman is the projected pick here, as he was reported several months ago to be at the top of the Warriors’ board – and as things go in the NBA – time is a flat circle.

Wiseman would bring an intriguing skill set to a perimeter-centric team. As a rookie, he’ll provide a high-energy rim running role, with the potential to eventually develop into a rim protecting center. A pick like this would be a step away from Golden State’s current style of play, but understandable given the stage at which all three of their stars’ careers are at – on the opposite side of thirty.

James Wiseman is a safe pick in the sense that he will be a starter somewhere in the league. The question remains of just how good of a starter he is going to be – and if he cannot learn to defend in space – he may not be a good one.