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Trevor Booker in 2012-13 with the Wizards: Cook Book Lacks Sizzle

Updated: May 15, 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.]

Trevor Booker

6-7 : Height
240 lbs. : Weight
25 : Age
3 : Years NBA Experience
1 : NBA Team

Drafted by the Timberwolves 23rd overall in 2010,
traded to the Wizards on draft night. 

Time as a Wizard in 2012-13

48 : Games
14 : Starts
887 : Minutes

1.20 out of 3 stars

Average Truth About DC Council Game Rating
{Booker evaluated over 25 games} 

13.9 PER

NBA historical PER contribution equivalent:
maybe Xavier McDaniel for the 1991-92 New York Knicks (13.9)
maybe Darius Songaila for the 2008-09 Washington Wizards (13.9),
maybe Mike Sweetney for the 2005-06 Chicago Bulls (13.9)

.126 Win Shares/48 Minutes

NBA historical WS/48 contribution equivalent:
maybe Shane Barrier for the 2002-03 Memphis Grizzlies (.126),
maybe Tim Thomas for the 2000-01 Milwaukee Bucks (.126),
maybe Jon Brockman for the 2009-10 Sacramento Kings (.125)

With Trevor Booker on the Court…

The Wizards offense scored 3.3 points less per 100 possessions (OffRtg)
The Wizards defense allowed 5.3 points more per 100 possessions (DefRtg)
Plus/Minus per 48 minutes: minus-8.2

Numbers : Per 36 Minutes

10.4 : Points
9.7 : Rebounds
0.6 : Blocks
1.3 : Steals
1.6 : Assists
1.3 : Turnovers
3.9 : Fouls

0.90 PPP

Booker had 278 offensive possessions with the Wizards that ended with a FGA, TO or FTs, and he scored 0.90 Points Per Possession (PPP) on those, ranked 230th in the NBA (via Synergy Sports Technology). Defensively, he allowed 0.77 PPP over 213 possessions, ranked 37th in the NBA.


49.1% Field Goals (108-220)
0% 3-Pointers (0-5)
55.6% Free Throws (40-72)


Trevor Booker in 2012-13 with the Wizards:
Cook Book Lacks Sizzle

by Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

Trevor Booker showed hustle, aggressiveness in the paint, and the ability to score in bunches during his first two years in a Washington Wizards uniform. However, he also struggled against taller post players, he lacked a real go-to post move, and he seemed to be injury prone—particularly at the end of the 2011-2012 season. But during Wizards Media Day last fall, Booker spoke with confidence about the evolution of his game and his health. He claimed the injuries were behind him (a bout with plantar fasciitis being one of them) and he mentioned that he made a concerted effort to improve his jumper (his specific words: “I just shot until I got tired.”)

Indicating that his health was “pretty good” heading into training camp, Booker was eager to step back on the court and seize an opportunity to be in the rotation. He then proceeded to miss time, and the first four preseason games, with a “grade one” hamstring pull. Two of the longest-tenured Wizards, John Wall being the other, were starting the (pre)season on the bench.

But Booker eschewed any notion that his third NBA season was going to be riddled with injury by returning to the court just before opening day. With Nene unable to play due to his own bout of plantar fasciitis, Booker became Randy Wittman’s starting power forward.

The third-year player suddenly had the opportunity to showcase his new jumper, the ability to run the floor, and make the hustle plays that caused Wizards fans and coaches to have so much faith in his potential. But over his first seven starts, Booker did not quite seem himself, and the Wizards began the season with seven straight losses.

Booker’s jumper seemed more effective, but he shot just 47 percent, well-below his 53.5 percent average. He didn’t fare much better from a rebounding perspective, either, averaging just five a game. Booker’s Total Rebound Percentage (percentage of available rebounds grabbed while on the floor) as a power forward was a paltry 10.7 percent. That’s the same percentage Mike Miller put up this season.

By the eighth game against the Utah Jazz, Booker lost his starting job to Jan Vesely, of all people. The next night against the Indiana Pacers, he tweaked his knee and proceeded to miss the next 22 games. And that is what the Cook Book’s 2012-13 season was all about. No steak, no sizzle, no significant third-year growth, just lots of speculation as to what was wrong.

The good Booker of year’s past came in flashes. Against Milwaukee in mid-March,  he scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in just 22 minutes, which led Trevor Ariza to say, “That’s what the NBA is about—always being ready when your number’s called. He did a great job tonight. He came off the bench and gave us a huge lift, did everything he could tonight.” The next night against the New Orleans Hornets, Booker didn’t score much (two points), but he grabbed 13 rebounds and did an excellent defensive job on Ryan Anderson (11 points on 6-for-18 shooting). On other nights, Booker would flash a brilliant up-and-under move or a perfect jump hook, but then often follow it up with a turnover, an indecisive move in the post, or the inability to be effective defensively against a taller opponent.

Booker never distinguished himself amongst the Wizards’ big man rotation of Nene, Emeka Okafor and Kevin Seraphin. Nene scored, rebounded and distributed the ball; Okafor was a double-double machine; and Seraphin, although wildly inconsistent,  provided much-needed offensive spark in spurts. Booker was none of those things on a consistent basis, and it is difficult to determine whether injuries or just an overall lack of growth hampered his game more this past season.

After scoring 16 points with 13 rebounds in the second-to-last game against the Brooklyn Nets, Booker was convinced injuries were the cause of his subpar season, “Individually, I got injured again, but when I came back, when I got in games, I felt like I did a good job producing. My biggest thing is just staying healthy.”

Booker has had three years to demonstrate he belonged in the Wizards rotation of big men, but injuries, new personnel and a lack of consistency caused him to fall short. But he realizes what he needs to do, and the consequences of his profession.

“Right now they’ve got me as a role player. I accept that role, but I can score more. I know my capabilities,” Booker told CSN Washington’s Ben Standig before the Wizards’ last home game.

“Next year I’m sure they’ll see it, whether I’m here or with another team.”

If  the talented, yet inconsistent former Wizards big men, Andray Blatche (Brooklyn) and JaVale McGee (Denver), were able to find success in their respective post-Wizards careers, there’s no reason to think that Booker can’t pack up his cook book and regain his sizzle elsewhere, too. It would certainly be “#SoWizards” of him.

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Reporter/Writer at TAI
Rashad has been covering the NBA and the Washington Wizards since 2008—his first two years were spent at Hoops Addict before moving to Truth About It. Rashad has appeared on ESPN and college radio, SportsTalk on NewsChannel 8 in Washington D.C., and his articles have appeared on ESPN TrueHoop,, Complex Magazine, and the DCist. He considers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a hero and he had the pleasure of interviewing him back in 2009.