How can Wizards capitalize on Corey Kispert’s hot shooting?


How can Wizards capitalize on Kispert’s hot shooting? originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

WASHINGTON — At the onset of the 2022-23 regular season, it was clear who the Wizards’ top-three scorers were likely to be with Bradley Beal, Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma representing a well-established first tier on their roster. After that, there would have been some debate over which player would be fourth.

Still, few would have likely guessed it would be Corey Kispert. While he was the Wizards’ 2021 first-round pick, he is in just his second year and missed over a month, including eight regular season games, to begin the year with an ankle sprain.

Now, Kispert is not the team’s fourth-leading scorer, that would be Rui Hachimura. But Kispert is fifth on the team in points per game (9.8) has been quite easily the Wizards’ best shooter. Through 16 games, he’s knocking down 54.4% of his shots overall and 46.2% from three on 4.1 attempts per game.

Kispert dropped 16 points in a loss to the Lakers on Sunday night, shooting 6-for-8 from the field and 4-for-6 from deep. Now over his last 14 games, Kispert is 30-for-57 from the perimeter, good for an astronomical 52.6%.

Kispert is shooting extremely well and is demonstrating the upside that made him the 15th overall pick a year and a half ago. He seems to be headed down a track to where the Wizards will have to find ways to get him more shots.

That, however, could conflict with the way Kispert plays. His game is moving without the ball, running off screens and cutting through the lane to get open and wait for teammates to find him. He’s not the type to create for himself off the dribble.

So, for now, the Wizards like the role Kispert is in.

“He’s never going to be a guy I think that hunts it,” head coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “I think he knows what’s a good shot. Obviously, if he’s open we feel pretty confident that it’s going to go in, but we’re not running a ton of action just to get him quick catch-and-shoots. I think…

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