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The James Wiseman trade is finally complete. Will the Warriors regret sending the former No. 2 overall pick to the Pistons at the NBA trade deadline?

After a weekend in limbo, it looks like the James Wiseman trade is finally complete.

Defending champion Golden State wasted no time making a splash at the NBA Trade Deadline on Thursday, trading the former No. 2 overall pick to the Detroit Pistons for a veteran guard and draft picks.

The Warriors moved third-year center James Wiseman as part of a four-team trade, which netted them veteran guard Gary Payton II and two future second round picks.

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But the James Wiseman trade has been in doubt after Payton failed his physical. ESPN reported over the weekend Golden State planned to approve the deal despite the possibility of Payton missing much of the rest of the season.

Wiseman will get the chance to become a Piston, while Atlanta got Saddiq Bey and Portland netted Kevin Knox and five future second round picks.

With the move, Golden State is now +1600 to win the NBA championship at DraftKings Sportsbook, tied for seventh best in the league.

Wiseman leaves the Bay Area after three injury-plagued seasons, missing 17 of the team’s last 19 games and averaging 9.9 points per game with the franchise.

USBettingReport.com, your home to the best coverage of online sports betting, utilized Basketball Reference to compile all the Top 10 NBA Draft Picks from 2008 to 2019 that their original team moved on from within their rookie contract. After gathering the 30 players, we analyzed statistics to decide if NBA teams have historically made a good decision by moving on from a Top 10 draft pick.  

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James Wiseman Trade: Stats of Top 10 Draft Picks After Being Moved

Averaged Over 20 MPG Averaged Over 10 PPG Combined All-Star Games
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Includes 30 players from 2008 to 2019, and all players were moved within their rookie contract.

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Will Warriors Regret Parting With Wiseman?  

Based on the small sample size of former top 10 draft picks that were later dealt to other teams, Golden State likely won’t regret the Wiseman deal — even with Payton’s injury issues.

Our research found 16 of the last 30 top 10 picks to be traded failed to average more than 20 minutes per game after the trade. In addition, just eight of those 30 averaged more than 10 points per game with their new team, while making three All-Star games between them.

There’s nothing concrete that says Wiseman, who was a five-star recruit out of Memphis East High School, can’t find his form with the Pistons.

But recent history says such a renaissance is unlikely, especially given the fact Wiseman has failed to play more than 39 games in a single season since the Warriors drafted him in 2020. 

He is 21 and has plenty of time to figure out how to play at a high level, so it’s easy to see why Pistons GM Troy Weaver rolled the dice.

Flashes of brilliance have been on display for Wiseman during his three-year run, including his 19-point, six-rebound outing during his NBA opener in 2020 and his career-best 30 points against Brooklyn in December.

If Wiseman can shake the torn meniscus that robbed him of the entire 2020-21 season, then the Pistons will likely be more than happy to part with the pieces they did to land the former lottery pick.

If not, Wiseman risks joining what’s become a long list of former top-10 NBA Draft picks that have floundered with new teams after being traded.

It was a crazy ending to the NBA deadline on Thursday, and the James Wiseman trade was among the league’s most polarizing moves for both teams.

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