Another elite shooter who is lower on his team’s pecking order but could be a valuable piece for a different team is Sam Hauser of the Boston Celtics. Making an impact on a championship-level team as an undrafted player may be a tall task, but Hauser did an excellent job carving out a role for himself in the past two seasons.
The 25-year-old combo forward has excellent size for this player type. He is 6’8 and has good elevation on his jumper, making him a threat to shoot over anybody. He is a good off-ball mover, comes off screens well and has a silky smooth shot. He managed to hit 42% of his threes in his two seasons in the NBA, making him one of the most under-the-radar shooters in the league. He ranked in top ten in both made and attempted threes per 36 minutes last season. His playing style is reminiscent of the Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr.
Hauser competes on the defensive end but he is by no means a good defender. His role was marginalized and playing time reduced in the playoffs because of his defensive shortcomings. However, as a regular season contributor on a $2 million a year contract for the next 2 years, it’s hard to do much better than Hauser.
The Wizards have a couple of veteran players that the Celtics could be interested in. More playoff-suitable veteran help in exchange for Hauser could be a win-win trade.