Warriors’ Steph Curry Advises James Wiseman to Not Get Caught up in ‘Rookie Power Rankings’

Published 03/04/2021, 2:30 PM EST
Jan 20, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman (33) dunks the ball against the San Antonio Spurs during the third quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


Steph Curry has been embracing his role as a leader and mentor over the last few seasons. Curry is 32-years old and will soon enter the twilight of his career. In the meantime, he is still trying to spread as much wisdom as he can amongst his teammates.

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The respect that most Warriors players have for Steph is evident on the court. However, James Wiseman is a little different. The number two pick is expected to be the future of the franchise and a major key behind any immediate success for the team. Curry commented on Wiseman and his development.

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“I think he has made strides, and the injury was an unfortunate break in terms of him not being available, having to do rehab and all that. But I think for him it is just a matter of continuing his confidence that he can provide some huge value for us.

“Not to get caught up in the rookie power rankings, talk about who’s at the top of the draft class. Everyone is in a different situation. We love having him, we know he is valuable and has a huge impact and presence on the floor. And not to put too much pressure on him.”

Steph Curry: Preparing the next generation?

Steph Curry‘s words to Wiseman have good intentions behind them. Not only is Wiseman’s development pivotal for Curry’s success in the next few years, but it is also important for the future of the franchise after Curry retires. Steph will most likely be a GSW lifer. With his skill-set, he could genuinely play for 5 or more seasons in the NBA.

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Mar 3, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) hits a shot over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) during the first quarter of the game at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

If Wiseman develops into the star he is projected to be, Curry can contend to his final game in the NBA. He can retire knowing he set the franchise up for more success with the development of Wiseman. Old players always eventually have to hand the reigns over, and Curry is trying his best with Wiseman.

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We have already seen players like Draymond Green take a lot of interest in Wiseman’s play and development. With this strong veteran core, the young center can be expected to have a lot of upside.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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