Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is confident that rookie center James Wiseman can step up and have an immediate impact on his team this upcoming NBA season. Wiseman, one of the most talented and promising players coming out of college, was taken at No.
2 by the Warriors in this past NBA draft. The Warriors, who made five consecutive NBA Finals between 2015 and 2019, were destroyed by injuries last season and they finished the season with the league-worst record. "For sure," Curry said, per ESPN.
"What that means -- obviously he's a second [overall] pick so the expectations are usually high comparing him to other top two draft picks in years past. Those comparisons, he's not going to be able to avoid no matter what his average is or how many minutes he's playing.
But he's definitely going to contribute and we're gonna hopefully be able to unlock him this year to make us a much better basketball team."
Curry hopes Wiseman will deal well with the pressure
Curry and Draymond Green are set to get back to the lineup this season but unfortunately Klay Thompson already suffered a season-ending injury.
Curry knows there will always be pressure on No. 2 overall pick but he hopes Wiseman will deal with it. "So for him not to get caught up in the hype and the noise -- we know those comparisons are going to happen," Curry said.
"But this year's unique, man. He's just coming out of three games in college; no real preseason or real training camp type of experience, so he's going to have to learn a lot really quickly and we're going to have some grace with that, but hopefully he has the opportunity to go out and just compete and get his feet wet and learn on the fly and help us win basketball games.
Success for him will be framed a lot of different ways, I think. And it might not be what the stats look like, it might mean him being a part of big meaningful basketball games for us to help us win." The Warriors are hoping to return to the playoffs this season and coach Steve Kerr sees Wiseman as someone who can have a big impact on the team.
"James' potential athletically is so dramatic that I imagine he'll have a chance to step in and help us because he's so athletic and dynamic," Kerr said. "But there's a ton to learn, and he doesn't have the value of a summer league, a whole summer of workouts. A lot to catch up on in every respect.