The Washington Wizards trading for Marcin Gortat was a low-risk deal. He has one year left on his contract, he is only getting paid $7 million and the Wizards were also able to get rid of Emeka Okafor‘s extremely expensive contract.
Since he joined the team right before the season started, there was a lot of speculation as to what kind of chemistry Marcin would bring to Washington. Throughout the season, he has become a great frontcourt supporting piece alongside Nene Hilario. Now that Nene has been sidelined with an MCL sprain, Gortat has moved into the spotlight.
In Washington’s most recent win against the Toronto Raptors, Marcin had a career-high 31 points and shot 52 percent from the field. The big man has also had a double-double in six consecutive games. Gortat has become a frontcourt leader for the Wizards. With Nene out, his contributions have become more recognized. More importantly, he is showing Washington that he still has a lot left to contribute.
Kevin Seraphin has also been sidelined recently. With Seraphin and Nene out, Gortat has proved to the Wizards that he can carry the workload of the frontcourt. Gortat’s defensive abilities have improved dramatically this season with Washington. He has provided great rim protection and a strong interior presence. In their most recent win, Gortat had four huge blocks. He is the perfect center for Washington.
The Wizards need Gortat to be a part of their team and defense for the next few years. He has grown to become an important piece to Washington’s success. Keeping him would ensure making the playoffs for years to come.