Coming out of the University of Maryland in 2002, Chris Wilcox was supposed to flourish into a high quality big man. It never happened, but Wilcox after floundering with the Los Angeles Clippers found a home in Seattle where he put up a career high 14ppg during the 2005-06 season.
After a short stint in Seattle, Wilcox was on the move again and his career continued down the journeyman path he so hoped to avoid. Still, Wilcox has been able to embrace his role as a backup big and played very effectively for the Boston Celtics this past season, shooting 72% for the season in 14 minutes a game. Say what you will, even in reduced minutes with reduced shots, that’s an impressive number.
The now unrestricted free agent could be on the move yet again, though if he has his way, he’ll be staying in Boston green. Wilcox told the Boston Globe that he hopes to return to the Celtics:
“I definitely think I can help this team. This year I wasn’t really able to show a lot of stuff I can do, injuries and different things like that.”
“Different things like that” of course, would be the offseason surgery to repair an enlarged aorta, which resulted in a lack of training and conditioning for the Celtic big.
Now on the wrong side of 30, Wilcox certainly wont ever emerge as the talent many expected out of college but you wont find a person who isn’t rooting for the guy.