James Wiseman is taking a unique path to the NBA after playing just three games in college before leaving Memphis to prepare for the 2020 draft.
“Most executives league-wide see (Wiseman) as a likely top-five pick, and as one of the favorites to end up in the top-three,” reports Sam Vecenie of The Athletic.
Wiseman could drop further depending on how the lottery plays out.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks possibly filled their need at center at the deadline, which puts their interest in Wiseman into question. The Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks have young centers already in place in Karl-Anthony Towns and Mitchell Robinson.
The Golden State Warriors are difficult to predict, but are expected to consider trading the selection depending on who becomes available on the market.