The 2014 version of the Washington Wizards have Marcin Gortat as their starting center. At 6’11″ Gortat has been a solid rebounder his entire career grabbing 17% of the missed shots while he’s on the floor. This year his rebound rate is a career low 15%. Especially low are his offensive rebounding totals.
Randy Wittman‘s team is around league average at crashing the boards. So who is picking up the slack for Washington this year? That would be 6’7″ Trevor Booker. The former Clemson standout was the 23rd pick in the 2010 NBA draft. Now in his fourth season with the Wizards, Booker is leading the team in rebound rate (17%).
Despite Wittman playing Booker only 19 minutes/night the swing forward has almost as many total rebounds as Wizards starters Nene Hilario and Trevor Ariza. Coming off a 24 point, 14 rebound night against the Hawks on Friday it is now time to “Free Trevor Booker”.