Marcin Gortat has been urged by the Washington Wizards' coaching staff not to allow a lack of offensive touches to affect him on the defensive end of the floor.
In his first season with the Wizards, Gortat is averaging 8.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks and has adjusted to doing the scrappy work behind John Wall, Bradley Beal, Nene and, at times, Trevor Ariza.
“Somebody has got to do this dirty job for this team,” Gortat said. “Every basketball player would like to be a go-to guy. Each one of us would like to score 20-plus points in a game. But unfortunately, it’s impossible. There’s a way for me to score 10-plus points and contribute to the team. Getting those rebounds, getting blocks, getting some defensive stops. Those are the things I’m supposed to do. That’s why I’ve been brought here.
"I’m looking forward to helping the team win the games. At the end of the day, nobody’s going to remember how many points you score. People remember winners. That’s the most important thing.”