Mychal Thompson Compares Warriors’ James Wiseman to Hall of Famer David Robinson

Published 02/28/2021, 10:07 PM EST
Jan 20, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman (33) high fives forward Draymond Green (23) as a time out is called by the San Antonio Spurs during the third quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors were linked to multiple prospects during the 2020 NBA Draft. But they had their mind made up all along, as they selected Memphis Tigers’ center James Wiseman. They needed a quality big man, and there were none better than Wiseman in the draft.

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He took a few games to get accustomed to the Warriors‘ system, and since getting in sync with his teammates, Wiseman has been excellent. The ROTY contender has impressed former NBA champion Mychal Thompson, who had huge praise for him.

“I played against David Robinson, and he reminds me of a young David Robinson,” Thompson said. “Athletic, fast, good hands, good touch. He’s going to be a star in this league for many, many years.”

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Robinson is one of the best centers the game has ever seen. The Hall of Famer won everything he could have during his 14-year career with the San Antonio Spurs.

He was an amazing scorer, glass-cleaner, and rim protector, which won him both an MVP and DPOY in his career. If Wiseman can come half-way close to his level, he will still be one of the best in the league.

Thompson appreciates Warriors’ James Wiseman for his mature approach

When Wiseman entered the NBA, he had the reputation of a traditional big. His resume read inside scoring, rim protection, and rebounding. There wasn’t even a hint of shooting. But he worked throughout the off-season to improve this craft, and now, he can drain the occasional three as well as mid-range.

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Thompson was impressed by this as well, and he praised him for this approach. “The Warriors got a good one in James Wiseman because he’s willing to just absorb all the knowledge,” Thompson said. “He’s very mature for his age, and to go along with his skills, I think he’s going to be a multiple-time All-Star.”

Thompson’s prediction could come true in a few years. Wiseman has the potential to be a double-double threat every night and be more than just a role player in the future.

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He may be behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the pecking order for now, but once they get older, he will be expected to lead the team.

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Jan 10, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman (33) dunks during the first quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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