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Report: Wizards to sign Drew Gooden for rest of season

Mar 17, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT

Drew Gooden

The Washington Wizards have gone 5-3 with Drew Gooden, who’s played on a couple 10-day contracts. Considering Nene has missed that entire span, that’s pretty impressive. Prior, the Wizards were 60-61 with Nene and 8-34 without him since trading for him.

Obviously, Gooden isn’t the sole reason Washington has kept winning without its anchor. But he’s certainly helped, averaging 8.1 points and 4.6 points in 14.6 minutes per game. He even had 21 points and nine rebounds in his last game, a win over the Nets on Saturday.

So, the Wizards might want to hang onto him. And they will.

J. Michael of CSNWashington.com reported this would be the case days ago.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports confirmed it:

The Wizards are expected to sign forward Drew Gooden for the rest of the season, a source told Yahoo Sports.

The Wizards’ overall efficiency numbers with Gooden are on the court are solid (109.5/108.0/+1.4), but they’ve found one lineup that particularly takes advantage of his skills.

Gooden has played more than 40 percent of his minutes with the same foursome – Andre Miller, Bradley Beal, Martell Webster and Al Harrington. Holy shooting, Batman!

That unit has made half its 3-pointers (9-of-18), aided in part by Gooden’s floor spacing. With Washington, he’s made 16-of-25 of shots outside 16 feet (64 percent), including 3-of-6 3-pointers (50 percent).

gooden shot chart

Overall, the lineup has an offensive rating of 125.3 in 47 minutes. No Washington lineup that has played at least 20 minutes bests that efficiency.

And with a reasonable defensive rating of 106.1, the Miller-Beal-Webster-Harrington-Gooden lineup has a net rating of +19.2 – best among the Wizards’ 10 most-used five-man units.

Neither that lineup-wide production nor Gooden’s shooting is likely sustainable over larger samples, but both have shown enough to concern opponents. For a player on 10-day contracts, that’s plenty.

Gooden deserves to stick with Washington the rest of the season, and he will.

  1. csbanter - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Gooden has been an enigma since entering the NBA. He averages just about a double double yet he has played for many teams. Calling him a journeyman would be an insult to that word. The Wizards have made strides this season. They need the 6th seed though. A matchup versus Chicago is bad for them. Playing the Raptors they would have a chance to advance to 2nd rd.

  2. uscoach - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    This is good news for the Wiz

  3. stephenlin - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    I thought he was gone from the NBA, but the Wiz just had to bring him back, didn’t they? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR-WHDNt6lw

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