Penny Hardaway coached James Wiseman in school — for simply three video games. However he coached him. Hardaway additionally apparently went to the John Calipari faculty of “pump up your gamers earlier than the draft.”
Which ends up in Hardaway pumping up how nicely Wiseman would match on the Golden State Warriors, a group the younger heart has been linked to (in the event that they hold the decide). Hardaway spoke to Monte Poole of NBC Sports activities Bay Space.
“He can simply sustain with the sport and the tempo,” Hardaway instructed NBC Sports activities Bay Space this week. “He’s very athletic, very quick. He’d immediately be one of many higher rim runners within the league. He’s additionally a rim protector; he’s going to guard the rim. His talent set is sweet sufficient now, and it’s going to get higher, particularly as a result of he’d be enjoying with veterans like Draymond, Klay and Steph.
“Additionally, he can house (his shot) out to the three. He’s been engaged on his bounce shot and his understanding of finding out movie and what a group needs and wishes. Of their system, with these guys, he can be spectacular.”
Scouts see Wiseman as extra of a mission than immediately an elite rim runner on day one, but in addition as a participant with a really excessive high finish (high 50, high 40 participant within the league). He has the look and expertise of a 5 who suits the fashionable NBA recreation — size, mobility, athleticism, all of which makes him that potential rim runner and, with a bit extra muscle added, a rim-protecting defender who can change a display screen out excessive and defend in house.
The priority with Wiseman is whether or not he accepts that position — some scouts have mentioned he sees himself extra as the large man focus of an offense. Extra Kevin Durant or Giannis Antetokounmpo than position participant. He’s not that elite man. Some gamers modify nicely to enjoying a task within the NBA and if Wiseman does he might have an extended, profitable profession. If he insists on being the star, issues could not go as nicely.
Put Wiseman on the Warriors with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Inexperienced — a robust locker room — and he could also be extra prepared to simply accept a task. Golden State has a longtime tradition and set of stars, everybody that goes there has to slot in (together with Durant).
All of that is simply hypothesis, nonetheless. We don’t know precisely how nicely Wiseman will match within the NBA. What we do know is Penny Hardaway is aware of his position as coach and hype man.