Former No. 6 overall pick Mo Bamba signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers in the offseason. He has also understandably failed to crack the rotation behind Joel Embiid and Paul Reed. Not only is he the third-string center, but he is also fighting for minutes with small-ball five options Philadelphia has like Robert Covington, Nicolas Batum, and Marcus Morris. It is very difficult to see Bamba playing significant minutes for the Sixers.
The 25-year-old center would get plenty of minutes for the Washington Wizards. His unique combination of three-point shooting and rim protection would be valuable and would fit perfectly into the bench units. He can help space the floor for the young players offensively, while covering up for their mistakes on the defensive end. Bamba averages an impressive 1.3 blocks per game in 17 minutes while hitting 36% of his threes.
That two-way skillset in a legit 7'0 frame with a long wingspan is certainly intriguing. There is definitely a player there, but Bamba needs to be given consistent playing time. In his last full season with the Orlando Magic where he was a starter most of the season, he averaged 10.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks in 26 minutes per game on 58.2% True Shooting. That is a valuable player if he can replicate it.
The Wizards have nothing to lose by giving Bamba that opportunity. He has the potential to be the best big man on the roster, and that is worth giving a shot.