Trevor Booker to Debut Tonight for Sixers vs Cavs
Sixers coach Brett Brown said the new forward Trevor Booker will make his debut in tonight's game vs. Cleveland.
Booker was acquired in a trade on Thursday that sent Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas to the Nets, and should be able to help the Sixers right away. Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype.com joined the Sports Bash on Friday to discuss how he could fit in and help.
"I think he will find a way to be productive and even if he’s not shooting the ball a lot, he’s well improved, he’s averaging a career high in scoring, this year and last year and he started really shooting some three's too," Kennedy explained. "So he can be kind of a stretch four now as well. Even if he is not shooting the ball he’s going to provide rebounding, really good defense and hustle plays and every team needs that on their roster, so I think he will provide some depth in that front court.
The 30-year-old big man would provide the Sixers some leadership, toughness and energy. He said he can play both the four and the five, but has been used mostly has a four-man this season with the Nets, and said he brings an aggressive style of play to the court.
"I think they want me to come in here and be a leader to the younger guys," Booker said today at Sixers shoot-around. "Do what I always do, bring energy and play hard."
"He sees himself as a bigger version of T.J. McConnell, that’s how he describes himself," added Kennedy, who spoke to Booker on the HoopsHype.com Podcast.
"Because he’s going to make those energy plays where you're never going to have to worry about effort with him and he’s going to be really good defensively so I think he will have to earn minutes obviously but he will carve out a role in that rotation."