Corey Kispert is suffering from a sprained ankle and will be out for 4-6 weeks, the Washington Wizards announced today (Wednesday). Kispert was injured in the first quarter of the preseason game against Golden State earlier this week. One implication of this injury is that Danny Abedia’s minutes in the season opener may increase as the Wizards’ wing rotation has shortened a bit.
Kispert was selected by the D.C. team 15th overall in the 2021 draft. Last season, his rookie season, he started 36 of the 77 games he played in and averaged 8.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 23.4 minutes of play.
Kispert showed significant improvement in the second half of the season and the expectation is that his minutes will increase this season. Meanwhile, Will Burton and Danny Avdia should get more minutes. The Israeli is recovering from an injury himself, but it looks like he will be fit for the start of the season.
In the coming days, the Wizards will meet Charlotte and the New York Knicks in two more preparatory games and on October 20 they will officially open the season with a game against Indiana. Avdia’s team hopes to return to the playoffs after finishing in only 12th place in the East last season.