The important thing is for Nene just to be available to play, because ever since he walked off the court after re-injuring his calf on Nov. 27 in Boston his availability is questionable (23 games missed).
Nene has shifted from the starting spot at power forward to a backup center role behind Marcin Gortat and it works. He's able to keep his minutes down (18.8). When he plays next to Gortat, however, the offensive flow just isn't there as the Wizards get stuck between styles.
The stats: 8.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 53.6% FG
Offensive rating (points scored per 100 possessions): 104.2
Defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions): 103.3
Net rating: plus-0.9
Defensively, the Wizards are a better team when Nene is on the floor because he covers up for so many leaks. He doesn't necessarily get the blocks or even rebounds to show for it, but he continues to help others around him -- a 7-foot version of Jared Dudley -- do better. He makes the correct reads and gets teammates easy baskets if they move without the ball which doesn't always happen. Just from a physical standpoint, the Wizards are a tougher team with him on the floor and that has been severely lacking.
Statistics-wise, Nene's production is close to where it has to be when considering Gortat averages a double-double. That's good from that position but with so many games missed his impact hasn't been reduced. Nene is the best back-to-the-basket option in the low post for the Wizards and is finishing games in the fourth quarter more regularly.