Okoro gets a fresh start on the Wizards, and the Cavs get a top-notch backup point guard
The Washington Wizards are now going into a long rebuild. They just drafted Bilal Coulibaly seventh overall in the 2023 NBA Draft, and are now going to build around him, along with players like Corey Kispert and Deni Avdija. Kyle Kuzma did re-sign long term with Washington, but it’s still apparent the Wizards are hitting the hard reset button, it seems.
Kispert and Avdija are primarily small forwards, which is the same position as Okoro. However, all of those players have different skill sets. Avdija can play the power forward position, as he is 6-foot-9, and is great defensively. Kispert can play shooting guard, as his perimeter shooting is one of the league’s best. Coulibaly, meanwhile, can play shooting guard as well.
As for Okoro, he can play both the shooting guard and small forward spots, too.
Washington would like as much young talent as possible, so adding a player like Okoro to their team could be a good idea. Okoro could really help out on the defensive end for the Wizards, a part of their team that will probably be lacking next season.
As for the Cavaliers, they get one of the best backup point guards in the whole league in Delon Wright. He averaged 7.4 points, 3.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds last season. Plus, his assist-turnover ratio was a 4.41, which was one of the league’s best.
Wright’s defense has, most notably, always been a strong suit of his. He averaged 1.8 steals per game last year, a career-high. Sure, Wright isn’t a knockdown shooter, but that’s okay. He shot 34.5 percent from distance last year, which isn’t amazing, but considering his other abilities besides shooting, he still is a high quality rotational player.
All in all, Okoro is a really nice player. He might get traded, but he also might not, as he does help the Cavs. He’s still valuable as a player, especially on the defensive end. If he does end up on another team sooner than later, though, his two-way potential might be realized much more so.