Gill showing much more beyond his bench player role originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
When it comes to winning in the sport of basketball, it’s not always about which player can score the most points. There are many other ways someone can contribute to their team’s success – a great defensive play, hustling or just having a vocal presence.
Wizards forward Anthony Gill is a textbook example of a player who positively impacts his team’s success despite what his numbers show in the stat sheet. Although Gill’s playing time has been minuscule as of late, he averages about 3.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 13.3 minutes of play.
In his third season with the Wizards, Gill has established himself as a role player who shows up every day to work hard and push his teammates to improve. Ever since Gill was a kid, he was raised to look out for others and to make people the best possible versions of themselves.
“For me, I get a lot of fulfillment out of it (pushing his teammates),” Gill told the Off The Bench podcast earlier this month. “Much more than I can get from a phone or going out and scoring however many points or winning x-amount of games. The interaction is day-to-day, and I want to make sure the next person is ok and that in return gives me fulfillment.”
A team’s success is based on each player making sacrifices and stepping into roles that might not be preferable. There are so many players on the Wizards roster who can score 20+ points a game, but Gill has always believed in sacrificing for the team over the individual dating to his days at the University of Virginia.
“I think we are going to be the only team that can stop us,” said Gill.
Team basketball often seems to be the best recipe for success. Gill has learned to embrace the role he has with the Wizards and knows some of his teammates will have to do the same even when it’s not preferred.
Sometimes teammates need to do what is best for their team. Even if that means letting a young up-and-coming player take their playing time. Take guard Jordan Goodwin for example who is in his first season with the…
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Publish date : 2022-11-24 00:54:00
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