From his first to his second year in the NBA, Trevor Booker made huge strides and even more will be expected of the 6'-8" power forward next season for the Wizards.
In his rookie year, Booker averaged 5 points and 4 rebounds and those numbers jumped to 8 and 6 in his sophomore campaign. Booker is an ideal fit for the youthful Wizards as he plays every possession with passion and energy, but certainly he can get better in other aspects of his game.
Wizards coach Randy Wittman and his staff are sure to get Booker to really work on his offensive game this off-season, specifically his jump shot and low post-moves.
Booker can muscle his way to the hoop -- especially on the fast break -- and dunk the basketball with the best of them, but his shot from the outside needs improvement. Like many of his teammates, Booker needs to get up a lot of shots this summer, especially in the 10-15 foot range. If Booker can be a steady shooter, he will be that much more of a threat on the offensive end.
A shade undersized at 6'-8", Booker struggled at times with taller defenders, so being able to step up and hit a jumper is key for his development.
Booker showed what he could do by scoring 18 points and pulling down 17 rebounds as the Wizards stunned the Lakers,106-101, in early March. Booker scored 20 points and had 12 rebounds against Dallas in mid-February, and had 18 and 9 in a game three days later versus New Orleans.
Booker was capable of having big games, but he also had performances where his output was minimal. So consistency will be an important piece in Booker's development going forward in Washington.
Since Booker missed the last 15 games because of a sore foot, expect him to play in some games in the Las Vegas Summer League in July.
Booker should compete for the starting power forward spot next year with Kevin Seraphin. If he can become a better offensive player, it's going to be hard not to have Booker in the first five.