James Wiseman NBA Draft Scouting Report





 C  7-1  247  Memphis



  Standing Reach


 3/31/01 7-4 1/2 9-6  NA

A big, long and talented lefty who has all the physical tools to be an elite PF/C at the NBA level.

Wiseman is developing rapidly and is a likely one and done top 5 pick.

Wiseman has a great frame with long arms, good strength and excellent agility. He runs the floor well and is a high level athlete, not just a big body. He can play in areas above the rim that most players can't reach.

His post up and mid range game are on point and he knows how to get to his spot and body up against the defender to create space. He shows quick moves in the lane and a soft touch around the basket. He's a ferocious dunker who can really explode off the floor and play way above the rim. He's also got a sweet left-hand baby hook shot, which he shoots with great elevation.

He has a nice shooting stroke and shows a lot of promise as a mid range scorer, with potential to expand his range out to three. He's got the skills of a true post player but is also highly skilled from the perimeter. He's a talented passer in half court sets and also a great outlet passer after defensive rebounds.

Wiseman is a force on the defensive end, where he alters and blocks a lot of shots, showing good timing, quick elevation and good shot blocking instincts. His awareness on the defensive end is something that can't be taught and Wiseman projects as a legit rim protector at the college and NBA levels. He also does a nice job of altering perimeter shots and has enough foot-speed to bother guards beyond the three point line.

He has size, length and instincts that you can't teach and a chance to be special.

Wiseman is still learning the finer points of the game such as playing with proper positioning on defense and making the right rotations and switches. This isn't so much a weakness as it is inexperience.

Relies too much on his left hand when scoring in the paint. Needs to polish up his footwork and get better body control and balance on his spin moves, drop steps and turn around jumpers.

Has to get stronger and fill out his frame.

Needs to play with consistent intensity and develop some alpha dog tendencies.

Anthony Davis
taller Chris Bosh

Projection: top 3 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft