NBA Power Rankings: Tiering all 30 projected starting small forwards for 2023-24

Phoenix Suns Kevin Durant (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
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Corey Kispert
Washington Wizards Corey Kispert (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports) /

29. Corey Kispert, Washington Wizards

Entering his third season in the NBA, this is kind of a make-it-or-break-it year for Corey Kispert in Washington. He’s likely going to enter the season as the starter for a rebuilding Wizards team. If he can’t carve out a strong role for the Wizards this season, I’m not sure what that says about not only his future in Washington but in the NBA as a whole. Nevertheless, there’s reason to believe that Kispert is set up to have the best season of his career thus far.

During his sophomore season, Kispert averaged 11 points on 42 percent shooting from 3-point range. You’d imagine that he should easily be able to take a step forward from those numbers. Even if he is just a consistent 3-point threat for the team, he’ll be able to carve out a valuable role for the team.

The big question revolves around his ceiling. Even coming out of college, there was no expectation that Kispert was going to have a high ceiling. That’s perfectly fine, but it also helps explain why he’s ranked toward the bottom of this list. Kispert has the talent (and now the opportunity) to be a solid starting small forward for the Wizards.