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One thing to know about each new Wizards player

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Spencer Dinwiddie

The Wizards are inching closer to the start of the 2021-22 season, and if you haven't been following closely since last season ended against the Sixers in the playoffs, this team is going to look a whole lot different on Wednesday night when they take on the Raptors

Washington has a new coach, point guard and almost entirely new supporting cast. After one season in D.C., Russell Westbrook is now a Laker. 

So before the season starts and we get lost in what's going on with the team day-to-day, here's a look at one thing to know about each new face you'll see this year.

Spencer Dinwiddie: PG

How'd he get here?: Dinwiddie came over from Brooklyn in a sign-and-trade that netted him a three-year, $62 million contract with Washington. After tearing his ACL early last season, Dinwiddie found himself without much of a role on a loaded Nets team with James Harden and Kyrie Irving in the backcourt. 

1 thing to know: He wants his company "Calaxy" to be the Wizards' new jersey sponsor. 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: SG/SF

How'd he get here?: Pope was one of the three Lakers players traded to the Wizards in exchange for Westbrook.

1 thing to know: Wizards fans have been longing for a versatile wing who can guard multiple positions and knock down 3-pointers. That's Pope in a nutshell. 

 

Kyle Kuzma: SF/PF

How'd he get here?: The Russell Westbrook trade

1 thing to know: Kuzma has a wine collection totaling roughly 750 bottles back in his Los Angeles home. 

Montrezl Harrell: C

How'd he get here?: The Russell Westbrook trade

1 thing to know: Harrell won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award two seasons ago. He's known for bringing a ton of energy off the bench and is incredibly vocal on the court. Harrell is not a hard player to find when you're watching a game. 

Corey Kispert: SG/SF

How'd he get here?: The Wizards took Kispert with the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. 

1 thing to know: Kispert is a sharpshooter. He knocked down 44% of his threes at Gonzaga last year and is expected to provide the Wizards some much-needed floor spacing this season. 

Aaron Holiday: PG/SG

How'd he get here?: The Wizards traded the 22nd pick in the 2021 NBA Draft (acquired in the Westbrook trade) to the Pacers for Holiday in a draft-night swap. 

1 thing to know: He's Bucks star guard Jrue Holiday's younger brother and defends like him too. Holiday can stick to opposing guards like glue and hits the occasional 3-pointer as well. 

Isaiah Todd: PF

How'd he get here?: Washington selected Todd with the first pick in the second round of the 2021 NBA draft as a part of the Aaron Holiday trade. 

1 thing to know: Todd was born in Baltimore and played some of his high school ball in Richmond, VA. He is not expected to be a major contributor this season, however.