The question has been on every Wizards fans mind: Who will step up now that Emeka Okafor is out indefinitely?
According to Trevor Booker, the opportunity has arrived for him to prove himself during his final guaranteed season as a member of the Wizards;
Big-time opportunity knocking. Got to get healthy and stay healthy, Booker said, adding that Okafor’s loss “was definitely tough for the team. He was a big part of our team. A double-double guy. But somebody got to step up – and I’m looking to step up this year.
Like virtually every other forward on Washington’s roster, Trevor Booker will certainly have to prove himself in training camp before getting a significant amount of time on the floor. Booker used to be the face of hard work and toughness in the nation’s capital, but a few nagging injuries have left him on the road of obscurity. Kevin Seraphin and Jan Vesely are also looking to make an impact in Okafor’s absence, but I’d have to assume that newly acquired veteran Al Harrington would get the nod over the third/four year players.
It’s nice to assume that every sub-par forward Washington has waiting on the bench is looking to have a breakout season, but in reality, a few of the players mentioned will inevitably be left in the dust. Washington will certainly be fielding offers for a number of their players, and that may include Trevor Booker or any of their other available forwards.
With that said, I’m glad Booker has the confidence in his ability to fill the void. Let’s just hope that translates to the regular season.