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Steph Curry is 'my guy', says new Warriors pick Wiseman

By Sports Desk November 19, 2020

James Wiseman is looking forward to learning again from Steph Curry after the Golden State Warriors selected him with the second overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

After Anthony Edwards went to the Minnesota Timberwolves with the first selection, the Warriors – said to be keeping their options open approaching the draft – took Wiseman.

The former Memphis center – compared to DeAndre Jordan and Hassan Whiteside – joins a Golden State team looking to return to contention after an injury-wrecked 2019-20 season.

The Warriors had reached the Finals in five straight years, winning three titles, before going 15-50 and missing out on an invite to the bubble in Orlando.

Star man Curry is back fit for the new campaign, though, and he is a man Wiseman knows well having attended his SC30 Select Camp in 2018.

"I have a great relationship with Steph," Wiseman, who will wear the number 33 jersey in San Francisco, told reporters. "Obviously, I went to his camp, so he taught me a lot.

"When I was in high school, he taught me a lot about the game of basketball, gave me a lot of information. I actually took a picture with him, so that's my guy."

Wiseman reeled off the names of Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Marquese Chriss and Kevon Looney as he described a "great fit" alongside the team's veterans.

And the new man has no concerns about the pressure that comes with being a Warrior.

"There's no pressure. I've been playing this game a long time," he said. "I've been in winning traditions, especially at Memphis East High School and in college as well.

"I'm built for it and I'm ready to learn, grow my game and adapt."

Golden State were waiting on news of Thompson's latest injury as he headed for a scan, but Wiseman said he was praying for his team-mate.

In the meantime, title-winning coach Steve Kerr was delighted to have Wiseman on board.

"James is incredibly talented," Kerr said. "He's a great young man. We had the chance to watch him work out and have dinner with him a couple of weeks ago and he was so impressive.

"He's just bursting with potential. We're excited to get him. There's a lot of work ahead, but he's excited to be coming here and we're excited to have him, so it should be a great partnership."

Nico Mannion, the Warriors' second-round pick, also attended one of Curry's camps and followed in his father's footsteps by heading to Golden State. Pace Mannion was a second-round Warriors selection in 1983.

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