Like almost every one of his 12 years in the NBA, Nene’s second full season with the Wizards was interrupted by an injury that sidelined him for an extended period. But as he’s been prone to do, Nene bounced back strong, helping the Wizards turn their late-season success into a strong run through the playoffs.
Here are three notable numbers from Nene’s 2013-14 season, when he averaged 14.2 points and 5.5 rebounds:
Regular-season games missed due to injury by Nene this past season. Twenty-two of those came during the second half of the year due to a sprained MCL in his knee sustained during a February game. So far, Nene has missed 278 of a possible 958 regular-season games during his career. Still, the elevated play of Marcin Gortat and Trevor Booker and the addition of Drew Gooden helped Nene take his time in recovery, paving the way for his own stronger showing in the first-round playoff series against Chicago.
Nene’s midrange shooting percentage during the regular season. The number was a marked improvement on his 31.7 percent showing the previous year, when he played in eight more games but made just 76 of his 240 attempts. This past campaign, Nene hit 114 of his 269 shots just outside the paint, which stretched the floor so that John Wall and Bradley Beal could better penetrate the lane.
Free-throw shooting percentage for Nene during the regular season. The previous year, Nene shot a career-high 72.9 percent and he’s shot at least 65 percent in eight of his 11 applicable seasons. For a power forward who saw his midrange efficiency spike, Nene’s struggles from the foul line are hard to explain for both him and those watching. It’s sure to be an area of focus during the summer to help avoid opponents from employing a Hack-a-Nene system late in games next season.