Wizards coach Scott Brooks says Bobby Portis is ‘a gym rat,’ Jabari Parker is ‘athletic’ and ‘hard to guard’
Speaking to reporters on Friday after the team’s shootaround, Scott Brooks said Bobby Portis is “a gym rat” while Jabari Parker is “athletic” and “hard to guard.”
Brooks on Portis: "It's a great pickup. It's a great pickup. He loves to play. And the intel that I've got — talked to over coaches — is he's a gym rat. And Parker, he's an athletic guy. He's hard to guard. He's strong. He's a strong athlete."
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) February 8, 2019
The Wizards are trying to make a playoff push and the additions of Portis and Parker will help. Portis is a rugged defender who plays with a lot of intensity and passion, while Parker can score in bunches and can be a good playmaker.
Portis is averaging 14.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game this season. The big man is shooting 45.0 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.0 percent from the free-throw line.
The 23-year-old Arkansas native will become a restricted free agent in the summer.
Parker, meanwhile, is putting up 14.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists. The Chicago native is making $20 million this season. He has a team option for next season worth $20 million as well.
While Parker is a liability on defense, he makes up for it by being a good scorer from the perimeter and post.
Washington enters Friday with a record of 22-32, good for 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings. They are 2.5 games back of the eighth and final playoff spot.