According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, Georgetown Hoyas forward, Otto Porter, is currently ranked second on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ pre-draft board. Otto Porter, who has expressed gratitude for playing in the nation’s capital for Georgetown, is undoubtedly a top target for the Washington Wizards.
Porter is the perfect fit for Cleveland, and according to sources he is the No. 2-ranked player on the Cavs’ board right now. With two dynamic scorers in their backcourt and good size up front, they need a wing like Porter who can excel without having the offense run through him.
With John Wall-Bradley Beal and Kyrie Irving-Dion Waiters sharing the floor, both Washington and Cleveland have solidified their backcourt for the future. Washington’s starting small forward, Martell Webster, is currently a free agent and the organization has made it clear that they have made it a priority to bring him back with the team next season. Both Washington and Cleveland are in the latter half of their rebuilding stages, making it even more important to lock up yet another young player for their future success. As noted, both franchises have a core of young players in their organizations, and adding Porter along side their backcourt could potentially finish up their rebuilding process. I assume Cleveland and Washington would try to form a “Big Three” situation with Porter and their backcourts.
Porter isn’t necessarily a player with superstar potential, but he’s certainly a player who has the tools to make an impact right out of the gate. At 6’8, Porter has the length and athleticism to become a major contributor in the NBA on both sides of the floor, especially when paired with an elite level point guard such as John Wall or Kyrie Irving. Porter is essentially the perfect fit for both teams. In fact, the Cleveland Cavaliers were reportedly trying to trade up in last years NBA Draft, in order to take Bradley Beal before Washington selected third overall.
I’ll be interested to see what Washington decides to do with their projected late lottery pick, especially if they don’t move up in the draft through the NBA Draft Lottery, which takes place in approximately ten days.