Although the Warriors have the worst record in the NBA, they are most certainly not the worst roster in basketball. With Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and D’Angelo Russell all injured, the Warriors are simply too short handed to be competitive right now. Considering that Curry and Thompson are both out long-term, Golden State will likely not bring back Russell in a hurry in order to get a better draft pick.
By adding James Wiseman, the Warriors would receive what could be a generational-type talent at a positional need. A lineup of Curry, Russell,Thompson, Draymond Green, and Wiseman in 2020-2021 could be a serious contender in the West.
His suspension will stop him from showing scouts more for now, but three games into his collegiate career the big man has posted unreal averages of 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game on 76.9 percent shooting from the field. In short, Wiseman to the Warriors would be an absolutely ideal situation for the Dubs.
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Going into the season, Cole Anthony was thought of as a legitimate contender for the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. He has backed up these expectations so far in Chapel Hill, posting averages of 20.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game to go along with 2.2 steals.
The glaring issue in Anthony’s freshman season to this point has been his efficiency, as he is shooting an atrocious sub-40 percent from the field. One of his main concerns coming in to UNC was his ability to jumpshoot, which Cole appears to have remedied given his .378 shooting percentage from deep on 7.4 attempts per game.
Pairing Anthony in a backcourt with former Duke standout R.J. Barrett could make for a future top backcourt in basketball. By snagging Cole at second overall, the Knicks would have both an appealing market for perspective free agents and a decently-exciting guard duo to expedite their rebuilding process that seemed so doomed a Summer ago.