Washington Wizards rookie Corey Kispert has never been to Toronto before but that all is about to change with the regular season tipping off on Wednesday.
The Wizards will face the Raptors on Wednesday as Kispert and the rest of the rookie class begin their careers. The two teams met on Oct. 12 during the preseason but that game was in Washington, D.C. as the Wizards lost, 113-108.
Kispert hopes the Wizards can reverse that luck when it counts on Wednesday.
I’m really excited. I’m really fortunate to have had a couple of test runs under our belt and kinda see how the rhythm of the game goes and my role from game to game. I’ve also never been to Toronto before so I’m really excited to get up there and get the season started off on the right foot.
The 15th overall pick impressed with the Wizards during a limit run in the preseason, posting 6.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and one assist in four games. He thought the game slowed down a bit over the course of the preseason and believes he is playing with more confidence.
Kispert showed that he can knock down shots, and drew praise from teammate Spencer Dinwiddie for that ability in practice. The team feels comfortable with him as a starter or coming off the bench given his floor spacing and scoring ability so his role could fluctuate this year.
He figures to play a large role with the Wizards this season given that skill set, and could find himself in the starting lineup in spurts throughout the year.