Looking Ahead: What to Do With the Wizards’ Young Wings

Feb 7, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura (8) reacts after the game against the Dallas Mavericks at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time to talk wings. The team’s wings are largely defined by their youth, so it could be time to bring in a veteran or two.

PF/SF/C Rui Hachimura was just drafted, so he’ll be under contract for at least three years. After that, the Wizards will have the opportunity to match any deal offered to him. Despite injuries, he’s been a creative source of scoring and rebounding, and if his defense comes along, he could be a valuable player. 

SF Troy Brown Jr. is also on a rookie contract, just one year ahead of Hachimura. His defensive prowess couldn’t quite shine the way it should have — playing on one of the league’s worst defensive teams makes it hard to rack up any numbers, advanced or otherwise. Let’s hope he keeps this Otto Porter Jr.-like ascent going in future seasons.

SF Isaac Bonga is an athletic beast that could become an incredible defender if he puts in the work. He’s 6’8”, quick, and has a 7’ wingspan, a combination that scares most NBA players. Bonga’s contract expires in 2021, but the Wizards will be able to match any offer and go over their salary cap limit to keep him. It would be smart to keep the young wing around just to see where his ceiling lies.

SF Jerome Robinson came over in the flurry of trades around the deadline, and while he’s had an underwhelming NBA career thus far, people forget that he was the No. 13 pick of the 2018 draft and could still pan out. The Clippers gave up on him because they’re looking to contend now, but the Wizards can take their time. On a rookie deal in the same lane as Brown Jr., the Wizards don’t have to worry about him until 2022.

SF/PF Admiral Schofield was the team’s second-round pick in 2019. An athletic, bruising forward, standing only 6’5” but packing 240 pounds, many scouts didn’t believe he had the right physical fit for the NBA. While his stats after one season in the pros don’t show much, he is on a rookie contract, so there’s not much to address here outside of hoping he can adjust to the professional level.

The Wizards core at the wing position is a group of young players that are all going to need another year or two before serious decisions have to be made. It would be beneficial for the team to sign an Andre Igoudala-type mentor for the group, which I’ll cover in future free agency articles.

Check out my analysis of the Wizards’ ball-handlers and big men too!

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