For all of the Washington Wizards‘ consistency problems, Drew Gooden has been truly spectacular in his NBA return. Washington has been in need of consistent depth in their rotation, and Gooden has be able to fill that void.
Now that the rust is all shaken off, Gooden is playing better than any other bench player for the Wizards. In the last three games, he has averaged 13.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist in just 17.7 minutes off the bench. Not to mention, he has shot 68 percent from the field in the past three games. With Nene Hilario and Kevin Seraphin sidelined with injuries, Gooden has stepped up to carry the frontcourt workload in rotation.
Recently against the Miami Heat, Gooden stepped up and demonstrated his veteran skills. He had 15 points, was 7-of-12 from field goal range and 1-of-2 from behind the arc. He is probably the last player Washington fans would have figured to step up during Nene’s absence. Right now, he is the most productive bench player the Wizards have, and picking up Gooden was one of the smartest moves Washington has made this season.
He has shown an immense amount of growth and chemistry this season. He is making the most of the opportunity the Wizards gave him, and it would not be shocking to see him provide huge production off the bench come the playoffs.
Washington has give Gooden two 10-day contracts, but at this rate, the Wizards should already be considering signing Gooden for the rest of the season. The veteran has become the most consistent and productive bench player in Washington. His production will be even more valuable to the team with Nene’s return.