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“I think we have everything you can ask for” — the Golden State Warriors don't think they need Dwight Howard to mentor James Wiseman

Dwight Howard claims he can help mentor James Wiseman, but Zaza Pachulia respectfully disagrees.
Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman and Dwight Howard

James Wiseman and Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard is currently without a home in the NBA. It does not seem like he wants to hang up his boots anytime soon, announcing his availability to different teams, including the Golden State Warriors. However, Zaza Pachulia, who serves as the organization's basketball operations consultant, refuted the suggestion that Golden State needs Howard, especially in mentoring promising big man James Wiseman.

"I think we have amazing guys in this locker room," Pachulia said. "I think we have everything you can ask for. We have veteran leadership, we have superstars, we have megastars, we have amazing role players, and we have amazing young talent. Most importantly we have the right leaders. Leaders on the court, leaders off the court like Steve Kerr and his coaching staff."

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Why the Warriors?

It is interesting that Howard would present himself to the Warriors. But if he wants another shot at winning a title, there is no better team to join than the reigning champion. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year even explained why he would be a good fit for Golden State.

Even so, playing time for Howard might be hard to come by with the Warriors, given the team's affinity for small-ball lineups and the presence of other big men who deserve minutes, including Kevon Looney and Wiseman.

And as Pachulia alluded to, Golden State's personnel is already well-equipped to help develop Wiseman, the No. 2 overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft.

Can Dwight find a team?

If Howard cannot find a team, that could signal the end of the center's playing career in the NBA, which would be quite unfortunate, given his accomplishments in the Association in 18 seasons.

Aside from the aforementioned Defensive Player of the Year awards, some of his accolades include eight All-Star berths, five All-NBA First Team selections, and leading the league in rebounds and blocks multiple times. In addition, Howard won an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2019-20 campaign.

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