On Friday, the Washington Wizards signed Jarrod Uthoff, a forward from the Memphis Hustle G-League team according to Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic.
The Washington Wizards are signing forward Jarrod Uthoff to a contract for the NBA restart, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 17, 2020
Uthoff has played 13 NBA games including four with the Memphis Grizzlies this season. He spent most of his professional playing career in the G-League for the Hustle, Texas Legends, Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Raptors 905. He also played with Russian team Zenit Saint Petersburg in the 2018-19 basketball season.
With the Hustle, Uthoff, averaged 19 points and 10.7 rebounds per game in 34 games played. He played three seasons at the University of Iowa before turning professional.
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Uthoff was one of the G League’s better producers this season — 26.0 points, 14.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per 100 team possessions. His offensive efficiency was an outstanding 125 points produced per 100 possessions on a slightly above average usage rate of 21.1%.
At 6-9, Uthoff is a stretch-four who shot 36.7% from three-point range on good volume — 7.6 attempts per 100 team possessions. He also connected on 56.2% from two-point range and 79.0% on free throws. In other words, he can shoot.
Uthoff also rated as an above average G League defender — good steals and blocks for a frontcourt player.
His rating in my metric, PPA (in PPA, 100 is average and higher is better), Uthoff had a 157. His G League performance this season suggests someone who could be average or better at the NBA level.
While Uthoff may not be a long-term addition — he’s already 27 years old — he’s a good pick-up for The Bubble and it’s at least 50/50 that he’s brought back next season.