Trevor Booker Fits with Nets

By Tom Dowd

Upon his arrival in Brooklyn earlier this year, Nets general manager Sean Marks expressed a goal to build a culture based on high-character, hard-working players.

Trevor Booker seems to fit that criteria.

The six-year NBA veteran joins the Nets after four years with the Washington Wizards and two seasons with the Utah Jazz. When he departed Washington, where his foundation is still involved in supporting the community, followers of the team were sorry to see him leave. The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg described him as “one of the most thoughtful and interesting people you will talk to in D.C. sports.”

In Utah, Booker was known for his high-energy play off the bench while building upon his reputation as a locker room leader.

Over his six years in the league, Booker – the 23rd overall pick in 2010 – has averaged 6.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. But he’s offered steady and efficient production, with per-36 career marks of 11.5 points and 9.2 rebounds while shooting .515 from the field.

The 6-foot-8, 228-pound forward could be stepping into a bigger role in Brooklyn alongside center Brook Lopez, giving the Nets a muscular rebounding presence.

Booker played his high school and college ball in South Carolina, earning Gatorade Player of the Year honors at Union HS and All-ACC first team honors as a senior at Clemson University. He led the Tigers to a school-record 93 wins over his four years and is the only player in ACC history with 1,500 points, 1,000 rebounds, 200 blocks, 200 assists and 100 steals.

That kind of versatility also fits the type of player Marks is trying to bring to Brooklyn, making Booker the right fit on and off the court.


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