September 11, 2012 Wizards Sign Earl Barron To Non-Guaranteed Contract
By: Mike Bohlin
Hey everybody, we’re still here! Despite this being the dullest portion of the NBA offseason and my colleagues at the Dime and I handling some business getting our new University of Maryland website up and running (Terrapinstationmd.com for a shameless plug) the Washington Wizards refuse to let us forget about them! According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports and the NBC Sports Network the Wizards have come to terms with free agent center Earl Barron on a non-guaranteed training camp contract.
While this signing isn’t going to blow any Wizards fan away, I will be the first to admit I have been pining for Washington to take a look at Barron for a few seasons now. If we can have him come in on a non-guaranteed deal to try and make the roster why not go for it?
At the age 31, Earl Barron has already played for six NBA franchises; Miami, New York, Phoenix, Milwaukee, Portland and most recently Golden State. Were he to make the Wizards roster as the 15th man on the team it would be Barron’s seventh team in his seven year career. Making the Wizards would only further solidify his status as a “Journeyman” center in this league.
Much can be made about the plethora of stops Barron has made up until this point in his career. Sure, he hasn’t found a city to really stick and call home. At the same time though he’s been thought highly enough of to have a job as a professional basketball player for the majority of the past decade so Barron is no slouch either.
Barron’s best season as a pro came in 2007-2008 as a member of the Miami Heat. That season, Barron appeared in 46 games while starting 15 averaging a shade over 19 minutes per contest. That season Barron averaged 7.1 PPG and 4.3 RPG in what was mainly a reserve role.
After a one-year hiatus from the NBA in 2008-2009 Barron made his return to the association in a seven game stint with the New York Knicks. These seven games, six of which Barron started, are the high point of his NBA career. In just over 33 minutes per contest Barron recorded averages of 11.7 PPG and 11.0 RPG while shooting 44% from the field.
For his career, Barron has appeared in 112 NBA regular season games, starting 28. In 15 minutes per game Barron has career averages of 5.1 PPG and 3.6 RPG while shooting 37% from the field and 73% from the foul line respectively.
Am I possibly being a little over zealous about this signing? Probably. Is that because I’ve been waiting for the Wizards to take a flyer on this guy for four years now? Absolutely. Earl Barron might not make the Wizards roster but at 7’0″ and 245 lbs with a decent track record of success I am more than willing to take a chance on him and be the Red Barron’s (Marketing potential Ted!) biggest supporter in the District.