Devin Booker on Trevor Booker's frustrations

Devin Booker on Trevor Booker's frustrations
July 20, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Brooklyn Nets small forward Tornike Shengelia (20) goes up for a shot as Washington Wizards power forward Trevor Booker (35) defends during the second half at Barclays Center.

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Considering their last name and similar thick builds, there is an easy bookend joke to make about Trevor and Devin Booker, who followed his older brother to Clemson and now the Wizards. Well, at least for the summer.

Devin and the rest of the summer league squad finished play with a win on Friday night as the Wizards fended off New Orleans, wrapping up their Las Vegas experience with a 2-3 record.

Trevor and the regular season squad dropped their final six games of the 2012-13 season, though that hardly served as the third-year forward's most frustrating span.

At least he played then, something the 2010 first round pick didn't do in 34 games last season largely because of a knee injury. Other bumps and bruises led to missing 33 games during his first two campaigns. The health woes combined with a reserve forward logjam makes this offseason an uncertain one.

"It's definitely frustrating, especially for a player like Trevor," Devin said before the team left for Las Vegas. "He wants to play every game, all the minutes, as much as he can. He's just that type of player. He's so competitive. He wants to win and give it all he's got."

Perhaps the most vexing part for the Booker clan is, as many Wizards are well aware, that Trevor Booker never missed a game during his four seasons at Clemson.

"I watched a couple of games. It was kind of hard," said Devin, who caught the Wizards on TV when possible during his senior season with the Tigers. "With him being hurt, it kinda of took a toll on me," Devin said. "He talked to different family members about how much he wanted to play, how much he wanted to get in the game, but he knew he couldn't. It's better off he rest. With the type of player he is, that was kind of hard for him."

Even when available, Trevor Booker's playing time opportunities were limited at times. With Nene and Emeka Okafor entrenched as the starting power forward and center, with Kevin Seraphin serving as the backup center, minutes became tight for others. Wizards coach Randy Wittman rarely chose to use Booker, Chris Singleton and Jan Vesely on the court together due to their limited offensive punch.

"Right now they've got me as a role player," Booker said before Washington home finale in April. "I accept that role, but I can score more. I know my capabilities.

"Next year I'm sure they'll see it - whether I'm here or with another team."

After making a series of offseason moves - all involving perimeter options -, the Wizards have 14 players under contract, but could still seek a trade.

There is a chance of Booker representation at training camp regardless. In four summer league games, Devin displayed his own power game, averaging 6.8 points and 3.0 rebounds while shooting 78.6 percent on his free throw attempts.

Though both are listed at 6-foot-8, Devin appears a touch taller while Trevor, who was in Las Vegas as a spectator, is the more muscular of the two solidly built forwards.

"I guess you can say I'm the bigger one," said a grinning Devin who averaged 13.1 points and 7.5 rebounds during his senior season with the Tigers. "He's the oldest, but I got him in height. I'm still trying to get him in weight. Hopefully, in a couple of more years I can get him.

"Both of us have the athleticism. He's probably a little bit quicker, but I'm still a couple of years behind so I have time to pick that up. He's a little stronger - both of us are pretty strong. ...He's picked up the game a little bit more. I'm still trying to get the feel for it.

So does that mean Trevor wins in a game of one-on-one between the Booker brothers?

"Hold on, hold on. I didn't say all that," Devin said. "That's taking it a little too far. I think I can get him on that one."