Washington Wizards midseason report card: Emeka Okafor is who we thought he'd be

USA TODAY Sports

Emeka Okafor came to Washington with a reputation as a solid if unspectacular player. His play so far this season? Solid if unspectacular.

STATS: 9.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game, 16.6 PER, 50.2% TS%, 19% rebound percentage, 18.8 USG%

WHAT WENT WELL

Okafor's offense has been up and down all season, but his defense has been rock solid from day one. Washington has the NBA's fourth best defense this season and Okafor's ability to protect the rim and clean the glass has been invaluable. Washington's fifth-ranked defense has been 3.1 points per 100 possessions better with Okafor on the floor, keeping with his long history of anchoring good defensive teams. Okafor has been particularly good when paired with the more agile Nene; Washington's defensive rating of 95.3 when the two veterans share the court would lead the league.

WHAT WENT POORLY

Emeka Okafor isn't making eight figures because of his offense, but you'd still like to see a lot more from such a highly paid player. Okafor's scoring isn't efficient (50% true shooting percentage) or common (13 points per 36 minutes). Some of this is a result of being miscast as a post option early in the year, and he's generally become more accurate as less has been expected of him offensively. Other than that, though, there's really not much to complain about. He might be overpaid for what he is, but he's still a very useful player.

REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS FOR SECOND HALF

Okafor will likely take on a less prominent role as the season progresses. He's relatively old, the team has a couple of young bigs who could use more burn and, as everyone was reminded of during the fourth quarter of Washington's recent loss to the Detroit Pistons, there's a definite incentive for teams to go small when he shares the floor with Nene. In terms of his actual play, ten and ten per 36 minutes while continuing to play very solid defense would be perfectly acceptable.

How would you rate Emeka Okafor's season on a scale of 1-10, and what would you like to see from him in the second half of the season?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bullets Forever

You must be a member of Bullets Forever to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bullets Forever. You should read them.

Join Bullets Forever

You must be a member of Bullets Forever to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bullets Forever. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker