Drew Gooden: 2013-14 Washington Wizards Player Review
TAI’s 2013-14 Washington Wizards player reviews…Now: Drew Gooden (by John Converse Townsend).
Others (so far): Andre Miller (by Rashad Mobley); Kevin Seraphin (by Kyle Weidie); Trevor Ariza (by Conor Dirks); Martell Webster (by Adam Rubin); Al Harrington (by Kyle Weidie); Garrett Temple (by Adam Rubin); Trevor Booker (by Adam Rubin); Glen Rice, Jr. (by John Converse Townsend); Chris Singleton (by Kyle Weidie).
Andrew Melvin “Drew” Gooden
6-10 : Height
230 lbs. : Weight
32 : Age
12 : Years NBA Experience
10 : NBA Teams
Signed to a 10-day contract on Feb. 26, 2014,
signed a second 10-day contract on March 8,
then signed with the Wizards for the rest of the season on March 18.
Time as a Wizard in 2013-14
22 : Games
0 : Starts
395 : Minutes
NBA historical PER contribution equivalent:
maybe Chris Andersen with the 2011-12 Denver Nuggets (18.9)
maybe David Robisch with the 1981-82 Denver Nuggets (17.9)
.173 Win Shares/48 Minutes
NBA historical WS/48 contribution equivalent:
maybe Chris Andersen with the 2011-12 Denver Nuggets (.183)
maybe Will Perdue with the 1998-99 San Antonio Spurs (.160)
With Gooden ON the court vs. off
The Wizards offense scored 1 less point per 100 possessions (OffRtg)
The Wizards defense allowed 11 points more per 100 possessions (DefRtg)
Plus/Minus per 48 minutes: minus-3.3
Numbers, per 36 Minutes
16.7 : Points
10.4 : Rebounds
0.6 : Blocks
0.9 : Steals
1.4 : Assists
1.5 : Turnovers
4.8 : Fouls
Gooden had 216 offensive possessions with the Wizards that ended with a FGA, TO or FTs, and he scored 1.00 Points Per Possession (PPP) on those, ranked 71st in the NBA (via Synergy Sports Technology). Defensively, he allowed 0.75 PPP over 138 possessions, ranked 26th in the NBA.
53.1% Field Goals (76-143)
41.2% 3-Pointers (7-17)
88.9% Free Throws (24-27)
What did we expect?
“Not the best defender (mentally), but adequate … has the ability to score inside and out, and is a decent rebounder.”
Gooden’s game hasn’t changed much since—most pros, vets especially, find their niche and live it up. And when he was rumored to join the Wizards, and eventually signed, most figured he’d be right at home in Washington, D.C. His agent, Dan Fegan, reps John Wall, Nene, Martell Webster, and Al Harrington.
His first minutes of action in a Wizards uniform weren’t pretty, though. In a six-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, TAI’s Conor Dirks wrote that “newly acquired veteran Drew Gooden looked awful.”
Uneven stuff, mostly. But there were some highlights (and a fan in NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers). After his first two scoreless appearances, Gooden scored double-digits in three consecutive games against Utah (a win), Milwaukee (a win) and Miami (a loss). Three games later, Gooden dropped a season-high 21 points in a 101-94 win over the Brooklyn Nets in D.C.
His only double-double in the regular season was an 11-point, 11-rebound outing against the Los Angeles Lakers in Hollywood (another Wiz win). He scored 15 points and grabbed three rebounds in 18 minutes against the Nuggets two days later, his fifth consecutive game scoring double-digit points.
Gooden posted per game averages of 8.3 points (53.1%), 5.2 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.8 turnovers, 0.5 steals, and 0.3 blocks during the regular season. He also posted a plus/minus of minus-1.2.
During the Wizards’ 11-game playoff run, Gooden played four fewer minutes (14.6) and his per game numbers took a bit of a hit as a result: 3.4 points (36.8%), 4.2 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.4 turnovers, 0.3 steals, and 0.4 blocks. However, his plus/minus jumped to plus-4.4.
It was also during the playoffs that Gooden played his best, and most important, game of the season. In a surprising Game 1 win over the Indiana Pacers in the second round, he posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds (7 offensive!).
“Why the hell is Drew Gooden playing so much? Many wondered this for a variety of reasons. Would Al Harrington have been a better option? Would Trevor Booker have been a better option? After hitting a single bucket in the second quarter, Gooden was 2-for-7 in 10 third-quarter minutes (as Nene was plagued with foul trouble), and seemed to be part of the leaks in Washington’s defense (Gooden was minus-7 in the third). But, damn, the Drizzle was rebounding, wasn’t he? He snagged seven of them in the third period, three on the offensive end. And in the fourth quarter, Gooden, his beard, his headband, and his affection for Bikram yoga planted themselves in Indiana’s painted area and he snagged six more rebounds, four offensive. So, yes, in four more seconds of playing time than Roy Hibbert, All-Star, Gooden snagged 13 boards to zero for David Falk’s client. Gooden’s recovery after a tough start also forced a certain Washington Post reporter to have a mea culpa.”
In Game 4, after stealing many of Trevor Booker’s minutes during the Wizards vs. Pacers series (can’t teach height!), Gooden had another good outing … though he probably played too many minutes. Here’s Dirks again:
“The midrange god. Gooden played quite well in Game 4. He hit his open shots, played good defense (especially at the rim, where he held the Pacers to 37.5% on shots he defended), and got the crowd into the game on several occasions by imploring the masses to applaud after big baskets. The so-called AARP unit, fueled by prune juice from Whole Foods, flat outplayed the Pacers second unit.”
Gooden exited the playoffs with the fifth-best OREB% (16.7%) and a NetRtg of 15.4, which ranks 17th among playoff players (and ahead of both Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan).
Not bad for a guy 10-day contract status, former JCC Bethesda star.
Soon after the Wizards season ended (after a six-game series vs. Indiana), Gooden expressed interest in staying in D.C.
“I have a comfort level there like no other right now,” he told the Post‘s Dan Steinberg. “I can’t see myself wanting to go play with another team, to prove myself again for another coach in another organization, doing all those things again. I feel like what we did last year and the potential of what we could build on, I think that’s something I want to be a part of.”
Gooden is now expected to re-sign with the Wizards on a veteran’s minimum deal, as reported by Yahoo!’s Marc Spears. Doing so allows him to retain his Early Bird Rights (more info on that here), making him eligible for a new multi-year contract (as many as five years) with 7.5 percent annual increases.
He’ll be a welcome addition to the roster as a big off the Wizards (uninspiring) bench … and a big spender at neighborhood destinations, including Woodmont Grill, Bethesda Crab House, Raku, P.F. Chang’s, and the North Bethesda Whole Foods.
For all the playoff praise Gooden received, Game 3 vs. Indiana wasn’t his finest moment. He played 17 minutes and scored just one point (which came from the free throw line). The Wizards needed more effort, energy and buckets from the whole team, given they lost by 22 points, but they really could have used more Good Gooden. Invisible.
THE SHRUG. (PUNTO.)