Trevor Booker: Year in ReviewPosted on June 30, 2014 by Jeremy Hyman
6.8 ppg | 0.9 apg | 5.3 rpg | 0.6 bpg | .551 FG%
Impact on the Team
Over his four-year career with the Wizards, Trevor Booker carried around the terms "energy guy" and "spark plug." While 2013-14 was no different in terms of his hustle, he showed that he was capable of even more. He was a rotation guy for much of the year, but really stepped up when he was asked to move into the starting lineup after Nene went down with an injury on February 23rd in Cleveland. Booker would start every game from that point on, while the team went 16-10 in those final 26 games. Book made 45 starts during the year, the most in his career, and showed that he was more than capable of being a reliable power forward in this league.
Booker dealt with a variety of injuries of his own over his career, but this past year managed to stay relatively healthy, missing just one game with a sprained ankle. He appeared in 72 of the team's 82 regular season games and then in nine of the team's 11 postseason games.
There were times at the beginning of the season where he was fighting for minutes and in certain games did not appear at all, but he kept working hard and became a very dependable role player for this team. Even in the postseason, his minutes fluctuated, as he played a much bigger role in the Chicago series than he did against Indiana. Much of that was due to the team opting to go with a bigger lineup and using Drew Gooden off the bench vs. the Pacers. Book averaged 24.0 minutes per game in the first round series with the Bulls while pulling down 6.6 boards per game, but then just 6.0 minutes per game against Indiana in the Conference Semi-Finals, including two DNP - Coaches Decision's.
Booker shot 55% from the field during the regular season, the highest mark of his career and six points higher than his 2012-13 output. While the majority of his shots came around the rim or from within eight feet of the bucket, he showed that team's needed to respect his midrange jumper, shooting an impressive 47% from 8-16 feet.
Booker had a season-high 24 points in a 101-99 overtime loss on December 13th in Atlanta, while pulling down 14 boards and playing a season-high 44 minutes. He also pulled down a career-high 19 rebounds on New Year's Day in a loss to the Mavs at Verizon Center, making him the first Wizards player to have at least 19 boards in a game since 2011. He had a career-high nine offensive rebounds in a win at Brooklyn on December 18th.
But often times it were the intangibles that Booker brought to the court that made him such a valuable asset to the Wizards. His attitude and toughness would rub off on his teammates and many times he would make a block, a dunk, or some kind of hustle play that would energize the crowd and change momentum in a game. Some of those are not easy to quantify, but anyone who watched the Wizards play everyday would easily be able to remember a moment when Book gave the team a spark with his effort. He was an easy guy to root for and was a fan favorite again in 2013-14, often generating a lot of social buzz during games and being referenced as "Cook Book."
Trevor Booker will be a free agent this summer and will certainly draw interest from some other clubs. He's a skilled and athletic power forward, though a bit undersized, can still be a difference-maker on the post. He would add depth to any team, and as he showed this year, is capable of starting and playing big minutes if called upon. On a playoff team, he's probably a rotation guy, who would add toughness to the front line. If the Wizards can work out a new contract with Booker, he would likely remain in the role he played in 2013-14, backing up Nene and playing somewhere around 20 minutes per game. If he lands somewhere else, depending on the situation, he could see more or less playing time. The one thing we are certain of, wherever he ends up he'll be eating plenty of cereal.