Jalen McDaniels would make for a great player behind Kristaps Porzingis
An extremely athletic combo forward, Jalen McDaniels would fit right in off the bench for the Washington Wizards. His defensive versatility would allow him to come in and play either one of the forward positions, especially if he can replicate his shooting performance following his trade to the 76ers.
Though he plays small forward more often, it could be incredibly helpful for the Washington Wizards to slide him into the rotation at the four. His six-foot-nine frame allows him to easily switch between the two positions. The biggest drawback to this would be his thinner frame potentially leading to him getting backed down in the post.
While he may not be quite as good as his younger brother Jaden McDaniels of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jalen McDaniels can be an incredibly gifted role player.
The 25-year-old is an explosive athlete who can put plenty of pressure on the rim on offense. He is also capable of occasionally knocking down open three-point looks, although he is far from the best shooter at his position.
Having him on the floor next to Bradley Beal, Corey Kispert, and Daniel Gafford could be interesting due to his sheer athleticism and his defensive abilities. He can grab steals or guide players into Gafford who can block the shot.
Giving him and Deni Avdija minutes at the power forward position could be incredibly helpful in keeping Kristaps Porzingis healthy as he won’t have to be on the floor quite as often.