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Earl Barron in 2012-13 with the Wizards: Have Ring, Will Play Basketball

Updated: May 10, 2013

[Wizards 2012-13 Player Reviews from the TAI crew are going down; let’s reflect—index:
Jannero PargoJason CollinsShaun LivingstonShelvin MackCartier MartinEarl Barron,
Jan VeselyChris SingletonTrevor BookerGarrett TempleEmeka OkaforTrevor Ariza,
Martell WebsterA.J. PriceJordan CrawfordKevin SeraphinBradley BealNeneJohn Wall.]

Earl Barron

7-0 : Height
245 lbs. : Weight
31 : Age
7 : Years NBA Experience
7 : NBA Teams

Signed by the Wizards as a free agent on Sept. 19, 2012,
waived by the Wizards on Dec. 22, 2012,
signed by the Knicks for the rest of the season on Apr. 17, 2013. 

Time as a Wizard in 2012-13

11 : Games
1 : Start
122 : Minutes

1.75 out of 3 stars

Average Truth About It.net DC Council Game Rating
{Barron evaluated over 4 games} 

6.9 PER

NBA historical PER contribution equivalent:
maybe Frank Brickowski for the 1996-97 Boston Celtics (6.9)
maybe Herb Williams for the 1996-97 New York Knicks (7.0),
maybe Chris Dudley for the 1993-94 Portland Trailblazers (6.8)

-0.025 Win Shares/48 Minutes

NBA historical WS/48 contribution equivalent:
maybe Stanley Roberts for the 1999-00 Philadelphia 76ers (-0.025),
maybe Ike Austin for the 2000-01 Vancouver Grizzlies (-0.026),
maybe Uwe Blab for the 1986-87 Dallas Mavericks (-0.027)

With Earl Barron on the Court…

The Wizards offense scored 5.5 points less per 100 possessions (OffRtg)
The Wizards defense allowed 3.2 points less per 100 possessions (DefRtg)
Plus/Minus per 48 minutes: minus-7.9

Numbers : Per 36 Minutes

8.3 : Points
12.7 : Rebounds
1.5 : Blocks
1.5 : Steals
0.9 : Assists
3.0 : Turnovers
6.8 : Fouls

0.57 PPP

Barron had 49 offensive possessions with the Wizards that ended with a FGA, TO or FTs, and he scored 0.57 Points Per Possession (PPP) on those, ranked 465th in the NBA (via Synergy Sports Technology). Defensively, he allowed 0.68 PPP over 25 possessions.


35.1% Field Goals (13-37)
40% Free Throws (2-5)


Earl Barron in 2012-13 with the Wizards:
Have Ring, Will Play Basketball

by Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

When bad franchises, such as the Washington Wizards, add someone who ‘once upon a time’ won a championship, they get all giddy. A ring is a ring, right? Yea, go ask Ernie Grunfeld or Flip Saunders how much Mike James’ ring (2004, Pistons) meant to them and the locker room.

Nonetheless, the likes of Trevor Ariza (2009, Lakers) and Fabricio Oberto (2007, Spurs) have been paraded. Even Jason Collins’ two straight summers of NBA Finals experience (but not a ring) before Bradley Beal reached double-digits in age was seen as a significant plus, when the reality was that Collins was only a warm body in Washington who didn’t see the court unless absolutely necessary during his 54 total minutes.

[NOTE: the Wizards have, however, been pretty good about getting ex-players rings. The list currently includes Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, DeShawn Stevenson and Mike Miller—cross your fingers, Rashard Lewis!]

None of this is to insinuate that such experience is meaningless—past input is always necessary—it’s just hard to imagine John Wall or any other Wiz Kid approaching Earl Barron about winning a championship ring with the Miami Heat in 2006. As an NBA rookie that season, three years removed from a four-year college career at Memphis, Barron didn’t see the court for one second during Miami’s run. Still, he was there.

Just as Barron was ‘there’ in the Wizards’ locker room this season—relatively quiet, relatively unassuming, and there to work. And work Barron did.

Washington signed Barron to their training camp roster in September, bringing the total to 18 players. With Nene’s ailing plantar fascia, Emeka Okafor and Kevin Seraphin were really the only other ‘bigs’ on the roster who could legitimately play center. Those next in line—Trevor Booker, Jan Vesely and even Chris Singleton—could be inserted at the 4 spot, but each, as Wizards fans continue to realize, leave a lot to be desired.

So along with Barron, Ernie Grunfeld elected to kick the tires on veteran bigs Brian Cook and Shavlik Randolph to help the Wizards hold down the paint. Randolph was ultimately one of the first to go and Cook was one of the last; Barron survived to make the final roster, mostly because his defense could be counted on much more than the other two vagabonds, and his offense wouldn’t totally hurt you.

In the season opener, Barron surprisingly tallied eight points and eight rebounds in 16 minutes and was part of a Wizards comeback attempt that ultimately fell short in Cleveland.

When Randy Wittman did play Barron (he was with Washington for 25 games but appeared in just 11), it was often because others simply weren’t hustling. On December 18, Barron came off the bench to grab 14 rebounds in 26 minutes in a loss against the Atlanta Hawks. When asked why he went with Barron—Chris Singleton started but only saw 11 minutes and Jan Vesely sported a “DNP-Coach’s Decision”—Wittman simply said:

“Activity. I mean, this guy—there wasn’t a play run for him, alright, and he gets 10 shots, 14 rebounds, and four blocks.”

Championship ring or not, usually the guy at the end of the bench fighting for his professional basketball life will give you some quality hustle minutes, while limiting the mistakes that young players tend to make.

Still struggling and searching, the Wizards waived Barron (and Shaun Livingston) on December 23 and brought in Shelvin Mack and Garrett Temple to help out what became areas of greater need: running the offense and perimeter defense.

Barron sat dormant until mid-April when he was signed by the New York Knicks, in light of the retirement of Rasheed Wallace and the fact that New York’s first replacement choice, former Wizard James Singleton, fell through.

When the 2013 NBA playoffs started, 12 ex-Wizards from the last four seasons were on playoff rosters. Now, with half the teams eliminated, only four remain: Rashard Lewis, Mike Miller, Kirk Hinrich, and Earl Barron.

Hey, maybe the Earl of Barron will get another championship with New York, even though he has yet to see any playoff action (or even a uniform; Barron is normally inactive and in a suit on New York’s bench). And maybe the NBA will never see Earl Barron again. But one thing we know is that he’ll always be a Wizard, just like the other 56 players who have populated Washington’s roster over the last four seasons.

Barron on Opportunity
Wizards vs. Hawks Post-Game, Dec. 18, 2012

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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.