One player the Thunder should target on each team in the Southeast Division

P.J. Washington #25 of the Charlotte Hornets (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
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Corey Kispert #24 of the Washington Wizards (Photo by Jess Rapfogel/Getty Images) /

Washington Wizards: Corey Kispert

The Wizards are finally turning the page on the Bradley Beal era and starting over. With a new front office, spearheaded by two former OKC Thunder executives, they may be willing to deal players drafted by the previous regime.

Among those players stands Corey Kispert, a 6’7 forward with elite shooting potential. Kispert, at just 23 years old, cracked the top ten in three point percentage last season at 42 percent from beyond the arc.

He is comparable to Isaiah Joe, though I believe Kispert’s size makes him a nice asset. He actively cuts and moves off the ball, often finding empty corners to fire off his reliable jumper. Gilgeous-Alexander’s dominance in the paint is only going to be enhanced by the addition of perimeter threats like Corey Kispert.

The problem with Kispert is that shooting is his only elite trait. That’s not to say that he’s an inept playmaker. Still, he doesn’t fit perfectly into the Thunder’s vision of versatility, not to mention his defense, which will probably never be a positive.

With those downsides, Kispert would top out around 20 minutes per game for a Mark Daigneault led squad at best. His game clearly overlaps with Joe and Bertans, but I don’t believe that Bertans will be on this team for years to come.

It makes sense for the OKC Thunder to see if Kispert could be acquired for cheap. Adding a top-ten shooter, even one that is a defensive liability, could undoubtedly raise this Thunder team’s ceiling.