Apr 24, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4) dunks the ball as Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) looks on in the first quarter in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Marcin Gortat has stamped himself as a major part of what the Wizards are doing. He was pretty solid last season (12.2 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.3 BPG). Even if Gortat’s numbers were down on a given night, one thing that never went down was his intensity.
Every good team has at least one player who’s very physical and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Gortat is that guy for Washington.
With the Wizards likely adopting more of a small ball approach on offense, the floor will spread out a little more and Gortat will be able to do what he does and that’s bang down low.
Rounding out the rotation, will be veteran Drew Gooden. Gooden is another big who is capable of stretching the floor. Over the years, he has developed a decent jump shot. Gooden shot 39 percent from downtown in the regular season and improved in the postseason, shooting just over 46 percent from deep.
There are no All-Stars here for the Wizards, but Gortat and Gooden both know their roles and they play them well.
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