KGdaBom wrote:driveandkick wrote:DY_nasty wrote:After Zion, Ja, and RJ - that draft went off a cliff
Wiseman goes top 5 easily. I can't say that about any of these guards or wings though.
I'm 99.9% sure if there were a redraft tomorrow all 30 NBA GM's would take PJ Washington over James Wiseman.
IMO you would be so wrong. Washington had a good season and is a good player, but he's not a 7'1" athletic center with 7'6" wingspan. I believe a strong majority of the GMs would draft Wiseman over Washington. We will never know, but since you were throwing an opinion out there I figure I might as well throw mine out as well.
I'm not arguing that Wiseman wouldn't have been a higher pick last year, because he probably would have. But if for whatever reason you were to combine the 2019 class and the 2020 class and draft them all this year with what we already know about the 2019 players, I have very little doubts that Washington goes ahead of Wiseman. PJ is simply the perfect forward/big for the modern NBA. 6'8" with like a 7'2" wingspan, shot 37.5% from deep last year and it was probably higher before he had a hand injury but I would have to double check on that. PJ is a perfect PF, but can also play some SF and smallball C pending on the lineups. We know he's versatile, athletic, can shoot, defend multiple positions, etc. Sure he's never going to be the go to on a contending team but we're looking at an efficient, versatile 16-20 PPG scorer that can stretch the floor and is at a minimum going to be a league average defender.
I promise you there are a ton of teams that would love to get that type of player in this draft, even in the top 3 probably. Wiseman is just such an unknown, of course he dominated at the high school level but every D1 player ever did that. In his three college games he didn't really do anything that excites me. I didn't see any sort of post moves that will be effective at the next level, anytime he scored it's just because he was taller than the next guy. Meanwhile Okongwu just looks so much more comfortable and had some moves that looked borderline unguardable. I want to make it very clear I don't hate Wiseman as a prospect and I get the appeal, like if we end up with him I'm not going to complain at all. He just has such a long ways to go and he plays a dying position. There's no way Wiseman types are valued even close to the level that PJ types are in today's NBA.