One of the most interesting storylines from the 2023 FIBA World Cup was Rondae Hollis-Jefferson reinventing himself as a Kobe Bryant clone for his national team Jordan. From his jersey number to accessories, from his haircut to his playing style, he gave the impression that a left-handed Kobe Bryant was on the court.
However, Hollis-Jefferson’s performance in the World Cup was much more impressive than just a gimmick. He was outstanding all tournament, averaging 23.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.2 steals in 5 games. He was the heart and soul of his team, on top of being the scorer, playmaker, and primary defender. His performance was a statement to the NBA that he was ready to come back.
Hollis-Jefferson last played in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2021. But, he is still only 28 years old. He was never able to develop a consistent jump shot but he has enough intriguing skills to make him a worthy pickup for any NBA team. He has good size, length, and bounce. When he is locked in, he can guard multiple positions. Offensively, he can attack the rim, finish through traffic, and make some plays for his teammates.
At this stage of his career, he is likely not going to blossom into a high-level starter in the NBA. But, there is a chance he can contribute on a rotation. The Wizards could rehab his value, and get some assets for him in a potential trade later. One can do much worse than Hollis-Jefferson in a two-way or a minimum signing.