Golden State fell on a bone tonight, losing away to the Wizards. However, the big man of the match is none other than an illustrious stranger… The latter came out of the woods at the best of times, and his match augurs well for the rest of his career.
Not the best since the injury of Stephen Curry, the Warriors had a chance to redo the icing in Washington (32-42, 11th in the East). However, quite the opposite happened, Steve Kerr’s men losing against DC (123-115). It must be said that the locals were in particularly good shape, with no less than three holders who finished with more than 20 points. The top scorer of the match is however a surprise, since it is the rookie Corey Kispert.
If the name of this player means nothing to you, it is not so surprising. Drafted in 15th position by the Wizards after a full course at Gonzaga University, the winger has not yet fully made his mark in the capital with 22 minutes on average. Since Bradley Beal’s injury, however, he has gained in playing time and is making it more and more profitable (7.6 points on average). The highlight of his campaign was therefore his shooting masterclass against the Dubs, allowing him to equal a franchise record:
Corey Kispert, the chef’s surprise at the Wizards
Corey Kispert vs. the Warriors:
+16 +/- (lead team)
He joins Bradley Beal and Jordan Crawford as the only rookies in Wizards history with 25+ points and 5+ threes in a game.
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Corey Kispert against the Warriors:
25 points, 9/12 in shooting including 6/9 at three points, ratio +/- of 16 (best of his team).
He joins Bradley Beal and Jordan Crawford among the only rookies in Wizards history with at least 25 points and 5 award-winning shots in a game.
Not yet an official sniper (44% shooting success, 34% behind the arc), Kispert however had the compass in his eye at the best of times and he must be saluted. Already excluded from the race for the playoffs, the Sorcerers have nothing more to play for in this exercise and can therefore take advantage of it to develop their youngsters. The boy therefore has a chance to seize for next year, and will therefore have the opportunity to repeat this kind of performance:
Corey Kispert is far from a star, but he has already added a nice line to his resume. Bradley Beal could well leave the Wizards this summer, and the franchise will then need a talented scorer to succeed him in the long term.