While the Knicks desperately need a point guard or someone who can shoot, if their favorite guards are selected ahead of them and James Wiseman falls on their laps in eighth place, they may find themselves having to take “the best player available.” “.
Wiseman has only played three games for Memphis this season after being suspended due to recruiting violations. However, he remained on the NBA scouts’ radars as potential number one in the 2020 draft.
Not everyone likes Wiseman’s game as the best choice. Despite having 7 feet-1 and 240 pounds, it is still raw on the defensive side of the ball. He has shown signs of being an elite edge protector, but he must polish his approach. He is a bit like Mitchell Robinson in that he will need experience in the NBA to learn the nuances of the game; things don’t seem natural to him on the floor when he’s forced to make quick decisions.
On the plus side, he is known to be an extremely intelligent kid who should learn the ropes of the NBA given the time to develop. He plans to be an elite board runner who could be a turning point in pick-and-roll if he puts his strange athleticism to work in the right system.
Wiseman isn’t ideal for the Knicks with Mitchell Robinson already on the list. But if the great athletic, who some believe worthy of the first overall choice, falls to eight, New York may have to take him.