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NBA draft: Warriors select C James Wiseman at No. 2 after Klay Thompson injury

The Golden State Warriors selected James Wiseman with the No. 2 pick in Wednesday’s NBA draft.

The Warriors made the selection hours after news broke that All-NBA guard Klay Thompson suffered a leg injury during a workout Wednesday. The Warriors acknowledged the injury, but the extent remains unclear.

The selection of Wiseman indicates that the Warriors did not consider Thompson’s injury in making the pick. LaMelo Ball — the top backcourt prospect in the draft — was also available when Golden State drafted.

Wiseman, an athletic 7-1 center, provides the Warriors a post presence who can protect the rim on defense and run and stretch the floor on offense.

Wismeman joined Memphis as a freshman last season as one of the nation’s top prospects. He played just three games for Anfernee Hardaway’s Tigers amid conflict with the NCAA over his recruitment and eligibility. He left the program in December to focus on preparing for the draft.

Thompson reportedly couldn’t put weight on the injured leg as he left the Southern California gym. The injury is reportedly to his left leg — not the right leg that that suffered an ACL tear in the 2019 NBA Finals and forced Thompson to miss all of last season.

Memphis center James Wiseman (32) dunks against Oregon during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Oregon won 82-74. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
Memphis center James Wiseman (32) dunks against Oregon during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Oregon won 82-74. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

ESPN’s Marc Spears cited a source with knowledge of the injury describing it as “not good.”

Thompson is reportedly scheduled for tests on the injury in “the next few days.” The Warriors promised status updates “as appropriate.”

Coming off five straight trips to the NBA Finals, the Warriors were ravaged by injuries last season and posted the worst record in the NBA. With Stephen Curry and Thompson previously expected to return healthy, the Warriors were expected again to compete for an NBA championship next season.

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