The Washington Wizards signed Emeka Okafor this off-season and there were little to no expectations for what the center would give to the Wizards. He spent most of last season in the NBA injured, playing just 27 games for the New Orleans Hornets. However, he has stayed healthy this year for Washington and has given them solid production.
Okafor has appeared in all 63 games for the Wizards this season and has averaged 26.3 minutes per game. He’s also started 61 of their 63 games. For the year, he’s averaging 9.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. He also has a terrific 19.1 percent rebound percentage, the second-highest of his career.
The only thing that has been less than stellar about Okafor’s performance this season is his efficiency. He’s shooting just 48.7 percent from the floor this season, which is relatively low for a big-man. It’s also his lowest field goal percentage since the 2005-2006 season. However, he’s not shooting horrendously by any means, so it’s not the biggest of worries for him or the Wizards.
For a player who was mostly acquired with the hope that he could return to his old form and a guy who is coming off an injury-plagued season, Wizards fans have to be pleased with how Okafor has performed this season. Is he on the verge of becoming Dwight Howard or someone like that? Of course not. However, he has stepped onto the floor every night and provided Washington with a solid interior presence on both ends of the floor.