Sunday, February 26, 2012

Checking Up On Chris Wilcox

Yesterday, I checked in on how Steve Blake's season was progressing. Today, we return to the East Coast to look at Chris Wilcox (2000-02).

Wilcox has had some nagging injury trouble too this season, but he's taken advantage of other injuries on the Boston Celtics to get more playing time and raise the level of his game (Taunton Gazette):
After signing a one-year deal with the Celtics for the mid-level exception of $3 million in December, Wilcox missed nine of the first 16 games with injuries and was ineffective when he did get on the court. [...]

Since that shaky start, though, Wilcox has given the Celtics consistency off the bench and in the two games that he started. In nine February games, the 6-foot-10 center/forward is averaging 7.2 points and 5.2 rebounds while making 28 of 44 shots. [...]

Wilcox has scored in double figures three times this month and had back-to-back nine-rebound outings against the Chicago Bulls and the Pistons last week.

Where Wilcox, who is shooting 63 percent, has been effective on offense is in the fast-break game. On an aging team, he has given speedy point guard Rajon Rondo an option in transition.

It's also helping Wilcox mentally to be on a team with a winning attitude (Detroit News):
Since landing in Boston, Wilcox is playing on a team with championship aspirations for the first time in his career. He will play in the playoffs for the first time. He noticed a difference from the moment he landed in Bean town.

"Everything's totally different, especially the expectations," Wilcox said. "All it's about is winning. I mean, the history of the franchise is all over the building. Every time you go somewhere you have a reminder of what you're doing."

(Of course, having said that, Wilcox was sidelined again this week with a right adductor strain.)

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