Warriors' Draymond Green: James Wiseman Can Evolve into 'Premier' NBA Player

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2021

Golden State Warriors draft pick James Wiseman in San Francisco, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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The early returns from James Wiseman have been very promising, and his Golden State Warriors teammate Draymond Green has taken notice.

Speaking to reporters Saturday, Green said the 19-year-old has what it takes to develop into an "All-Star, premier player in this league."

"I think he's going to be a really special player in this league," Green continued.

The Warriors selected Wiseman with the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NBA draft. There were questions about his readiness for the pros after he played just three college games for Memphis in 2019-20.

Through his first five games in the NBA, Wiseman is averaging 11.6 points and 5.6 rebounds. He's shown decent range, making 50 percent of his 10 three-pointers.

Green and the Warriors are counting on Wiseman to become a premier player. Their roster has been decimated by injuries over the past two years, most notably with Klay Thompson missing last season with a torn ACL and this season with a ruptured Achilles.

Golden State is built around a core of players older than 30, including Thompson, Green and Stephen Curry. Wiseman is the franchise's best hope of developing a superstar who can lead them for years to come.