Another big man with potential who can’t find a rotation role in his current team is Zeke Nnaji. The 22-year-old combo big was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the first of the 2020 NBA Draft but hasn’t had a chance to crack the rotation in the crowded frontcourt of the 2023 NBA Champions.
The 6’9 power forward & center has good length, mobility, and strength. He has shot an impressive 38% from three in his NBA career and has shown flashes of switchability and rim protection on the defensive end. He has the potential to turn into an intriguing two-way player.
Centers that can space the floor with their shooting while being able to defend reasonably well are rare specimens. On paper, Nnaji fits that description. His skill level is high as he can do a little bit of everything.
He will also never get enough of a chance in Denver as he is behind Aaron Gordon and Nikola Jokic in the rotation. With the departure of Jeff Green, there will be more of a role for him next season, but considering that the Nuggets have championship aspirations, they may move on from the playoff-unproven Nnaji.
He should be relatively easily gettable as Denver coach Michael Malone has not shown that he fully trusts Nnaji. One team’s loss could be the Washington Wizards’ treasure.