The Top 3 Newcomers For The Washington Wizards in 2023-24

Jordan Poole of the Golden State Warriors (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)
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Bilal Coulibaly, Washington Wizards
Bilal Coulibaly of the Washington Wizards (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

Bilal Coulibaly

While many might’ve thought Danilo Gallinari or Landry Shamet would take the third spot as top newcomers for the Wizards, Bilal Coulibaly has a chance to provide a spark for this young team. Fans were able to get a glimpse of what the 6’6″ rookie from France brings to the table during his time playing in the Summer League.

Through four games, Coulibaly averaged 12.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.3 blocks in 30.5 minutes per game. The young guard struggled at times, but he showed sparks of being a solid two-way player with production on both ends. On several occasions, Coulibaly showcased his outstanding athleticism with plays like these:

In fact, many NBA scouts think very highly of the Frenchman with one stating “The sky is the limit for him,” in a recent article by Josh Robbins of The Athletic. While what we saw over the summer was an athletic guard who demonstrated solid raw skills, he could develop into one of the Wizards’ best young players in several years.

To expect him to put up big numbers in his rookie year might be a bit much, but there’s some potential in the way he fearlessly attacks the game on both ends. The 19-year-old has plenty of time to develop into one of the best young stars in the league but also possesses a skillset that gives him a great head start.