The Wizards signed recently released forward J.J. Hickson today in a move that I have to admit got me a little more excited than it probably should have. The excitement came from my memories of Hickson in Cleveland as a tenacious rebounder with the ability to deliver a teeth-chattering facials.
Then, I remembered how long ago that was.
Hickson has played for four teams since then, including the Denver Nuggets, who bought his contract out earlier this week, after two and a half years of service. In 20 games this year, Hickson averaged 6.9 points and 4.4 rebounds on 15.3 minutes a game. That translates to 16.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per 36 minutes, roughly about what Gortat averages. Not bad. The recent signing sent me down the rabbit hole of J.J. Hickson YouTube and as low-profile as he might’ve been, Hickson was still thumping on dudes over the years.
Signing Hickson can prove to be a valuable late-season addition if the Wizards can get on a run and push for the playoffs. Along with the recent additions of Markief Morris and Alan Anderson, Washington suddenly looks like a tougher team.