After eight NBA seasons, Trevor Booker is officially retiring. Booker hasn’t played in an NBA game since 2018 when he was with the Indiana Pacers but announced on Tuesday on Twitter that he was finally hanging it up.
The Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Trevor Booker in 2010 with the 23rd overall pick but he was immediately traded to the Wizards on draft night. Booker was undersized when he came into the league, but that didn’t stop him from doing what he did best - rebound and bring energy on a nightly basis for a young team that needed any type of spark off the bench.
Booker was a quintessential ‘energy guy’. He was never a great scorer but made up for it as he was a bulldog on the glass and in the painted area. You never had to wonder whether he’d bring it on game-by-game basis and he might throw down a nasty dunk on any given night.
Booker’s best season in Washington came in 2013-2014 where he chipped in with 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds on a nightly basis while appearing in 72 games. Arguably, Booker’s best game in a Wizards uniform came in Game 4 of the 2014 Eastern Conference playoffs when he was thrusted into the starting lineup. Booker was starting in place of Nene who was suspended due to a scuffle with Jimmy Butler in Game 3 of that series. He played a pivotal part in that game as he scored eight points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots as Washington knocked off Chicago 98-89 to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
After four years in Washington, Booker bounced around the league a bit as his career took him to the Utah Jazz, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, followed by a short stint with the Indiana Pacers. Booker was able to carve out a role for himself in each of those stops as he continued to do what he did best while he was in Washington - bring energy, set good screens and crash the glass.
Unfortunately for Booker, the NBA was undergoing a drastic transition where every player on the floor needed to be a scoring threat and his style of play was no longer needed. Booker signed a one year deal in 2018 with China’s Shanxi Brave Dragons only to have his season cut short due to a foot injury.
His time in Washington was short and he was never going to turn into a guy that put up monster numbers - but I know what Wizards fans sure did appreciate his tenacity and effort that he gave the team on a nightly basis.