Taking a look at the Wizards' power forwards

Taking a look at the Wizards' power forwards
February 3, 2013, 11:30 am
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Jan Vesely: Grade C-

Up until he played six minutes and scored zero points in the loss at San Antonio last night, Vesely had been a DNP in seven of the last ten games. That's not good for the former #6 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Vesely is averaging just 2.6 points and 2.5 rebounds a game for the 11-35 Wizards. Vesely had his finest game perhaps as a Wizard, scoring 10 points and grabbing 7 rebounds in a convincing 120-91 win over Orlando last month, but couldn't follow that up with consistent play -- which has been his issue the first two years of his NBA career. 

Vesely has great jumping ability and has been the recipient of plenty of alley-oops on the fast break but that's about all he can do well offensively. Vesely really can't shoot and his free throw percentage is dreadful at 28 percent. If Vesely continues to languish on the bench, it will be hard to avoid the bust label going forward.

Trevor Booker: C

Booker just can't stay healthy. First it was a sprained knee that kept him out of 23 games earlier this season and he recently hurt his wrist that kept him out of the Spurs game last night. When healthy, Booker brings energy off the bench, averaging about 5 points and 5 rebounds a game in 16 minutes of action. 

There were high hopes for Booker to break out in this, his third NBA season, but injuries certainly have prevented him from doing that. Last season, Booker posted 8 points and 6 boards a game but he had some monster games like 18 and 17 versus the Lakers. Booker has shown the potential to be a solid NBA player. Now if he could just stay healthy.

Emeka Okafor: B

Okafor's natural spot is at power forward  and he struggled when he was the starting center. Now, with Nene back at center, Okafor has played much better lately. Still, after three straight double-doubles, Okafor has come back down to earth in the last two games with just a combined 10 points in consecutive losses at Memphis and San Antonio. 

After a very slow start, Okafor is averaging 9 points and 9 rebounds for the season. That's one thing you know you will get from Okafor, that he will rebound the ball. 

Tomorrow, we grade the guard position.