If Nene can play tonight at Atlanta -- and that's still a big if -- he would immediately help the 0-9 Wizards, especially on the offensive end, bringing a true low-post presence at the center position.
Nene's replacement Emeka Okafor has struggled so far, averaging just 7.6 points a game and has rarely played in crunch time. The Wizards need Nene back, not only to score the ball, but to help open up more options offensively. Besides his play on the post, Nene can hit the mid-range jumper, take defenders off the dribble, and when double teamed has a good eye for the open man.
The Wizards are the worst scoring team in the NBA and they need all the help they can get at this point. With starting point guard John Wall not expected back until some time next month, the news that Nene is close to returning is certainly welcome to Washington. Nene averaged 14 points and 7 rebounds in 11 games for the Wizards last season.
Nene missed all of this pre-season with plantar fasciitis and just started practicing with the team last week. Nene will likely be a game-time decision versus the Hawks and if he can't go tonight it's almost certain he will play against Charlotte Saturday night back in D.C.
Whenever he does finally get on the court, it will be good to have Nene back in the fold.