Germany’s victory in the FIBA World Cup has deservedly brought Dennis Schroder and Franz Wagner under the spotlight as their two best players. Yet, there was one under-the-radar hero who played a crucial role throughout the tournament, especially against the United States. Germany’s shooting guard Andreas Obst was one of the most impressive shooters in the tournament and can be an intriguing addition for plenty of NBA teams, including the Washington Wizards.
Obst is a 27-year-old lethal shooter who plays in the Euroleague for FC Bayern Munich. He averaged 10 points per game in 20 minutes of action on 39.5% shooting from three.
In the World Cup, he not only maintained that performance but took it to another level. In 8 games in the tournament, he averaged 10.4 points in 23.6 minutes and hit 45% of his threes. His most impressive showing came against the United States when he scored 24 points on 4/8 shooting from outside.
He may choose to stay in Europe for now since he is under contract, but if he were to come to the NBA, he would immediately be one of the best shooters in the league. He has versatility and volume to his jump shot.
For the Wizards, he might be redundant with Corey Kispert, as the two are similar players. Yet, you can never have too much shooting on a team. Plus, Obst is not a threat to Kispert’s role anyway, as he would likely be a floor-spacer and a movement shooter for bench units. He is a productive player in his prime and certainly a worthy gamble.