Player Profile of Trevor Booker
Trevor Booker doesn’t look like the biggest guy in the league, because he is nowhere near that. Standing at only 6`7 with a `7 foot wing span, this former University of Clemson is not your average undersized power forward. He can bang with the best of them. He was drafted 23rd by the Minnesota Timberwolves but was then traded to the Washington Wizards.
Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld felt like Booker brings the physicality and toughness to this Wizards team. He brought this aggressiveness that the Wizards haven’t seen in a while. Coach Saunders during the introductory press conference for Booker (along with “H” aka Hamadi) explained how they targeted him, “we didn’t think we would have gotten him, so we moved up,” Flip went on to say, “he’s a great addition to this team because of how hard he plays, he’s going to make other guys better on the team because he’s going give everything he’s got every night.”
Booker vouched for both Flip and Ernie, “on the court, I try to give it all my energy, if an offensive player wants to try to challenge with me with the ball, I won’t back down to anybody, it’s a big challenge to me, I love defense, it’s a big challenge for me, I don’t want anybody to score on me, and I’ll do whatever I can to keep the basketball from going in the hole.”
Booker was always known to have a high motor and is compared to other undersized power forwards such as San Antonio Spurs DeJuan Blair, Detroit Pistons Jason Maxiell, and Los Angeles Lakers Leon Powe. Booker compares himself to Carl Landry of the Houston Rockets and Paul Millsap of the Utah Jazz, because Booker says, “they go hard and don’t back down from nobody.”
Once an accomplished pitcher, this power forward not only can bang it down low with the big boys, but can shoot the jumper. It’s a scary thought to think that Trevor Booker of having a jump shot. By the looks of things, that’s going to be a great asset for Booker as he will be asked to hit those wide open jumpers if Wall commands more attention.
Wizards fans have high expectations for a guy like this who brings the toughness. Something that Kwame could not bring......oh wait, i cant say that anymore. Joe Glorioso made me promise that since the Wizards drafted John Wall, that i would never bring up Kwa... i mean, that guy's (Kwame...oops) name up again. I know for a fact that we will never forget 'that' guy, but Trevor Booker will help remind us that this is exactly what the Wizards needed. He has the potential to be part of something special here in Washington. We can only hope it happens soon for the fans sake.
During a season ticket holders conference call, Coach Flip Saunders made an apperance and talked about the high basketball IQ that John Wall and Trevor Booker have.
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Coach Saunders also went onto to say that he will use the NBADL a little better this upcoming season. Do not expect Trevor Booker to be on that list. I fully expect Trevor to be involved at around 10-15 minutes per game and has a chance to increase his playing time gradually through out the year.
Here is what you can look forward to Wizards fans: