If the Washington Wizards pick Bilal Coulibaly develops the way the Wizards are hoping for, they will have a player similar to OG Anunoby on their hands.
The Toronto Raptors swingman has similar physical measurements to Coulibaly. 6’7 frame with an elite wingspan and a strong body, Anunoby has the prototypical wing look. He has gotten stronger in his six years in the NBA, becoming one of the best multi-positional defenders in the league.
Anunoby is one of a handful of players in the league who can legitimately guard 1 through 5. He has very good mobility, quickness, size, and athleticism.
He is not the most dynamic offensive player but he can knock down open three-pointers, and attack off-the-dribble. He is a career 37.5% three-point shooter, a mark that is good enough to be respected out there.
That is a point Coulibaly could reasonably get to. He might be a more polished player now than Anunoby was when he entered the league as the 23rd-overall pick in 2017.
It is not difficult to see the path Coulibaly could be on to be a 37-38 percent three-point shooter. Once he has that it will open up driving lanes for his attacks to the rim.
Anunoby is one of the best defenders in the league, so Coulibaly might not be able to get there. But Coulibaly could also be a better offensive player than Anunoby. He is already a better transition player and ball-handler than him.
The two are not the same players, but as an overall player level in terms of skill set and two-way ability, Coulibaly’s median outcome could be Anunoby-esque, and that is very intriguing.