According to ESPN Insider Chad Ford, the Washington Wizards appear to be “very high on UNLV big man, Anthony Bennett.”
The Wizards need help at the small forward position and Porter, who played his college ball in Washington, appears to be the perfect fit. With two super backcourt scorers such as John Wall and Bradley Beal, having a forward who’s a facilitator like Porter feels just right. The other player to watch carefully for the Wizards is Anthony Bennett. Sources say the Wizards also are very high on Bennett and could opt for his potent offensive game to expand their options at power forward.
I think it’s safe to say that Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr. would be the consensus pick amongst Wizards fans, but Anthony Bennett has recently entered the discussion. Otto Porter would obviously fill Washington’s need at small forward, and the Wizards would potentially add another young player to their nucleus, which features John Wall and Bradley Beal. Porter has gained a reputation of being good at everything, but not great at anything, which I don’t necessarily view as a bad criticism. Otto Porter’s versatility, great character and improvement in college, is the reason why the Cleveland Cavaliers might pass on Nerlens Noel to select Porter first overall in this upcoming draft.
On the other hand, Anthony Bennett is one of the more intriguing prospects in this years draft. His ability to score the ball in a number of ways hasn’t been seen in quite some time, especially since he’s able to play multiple positions. Bennett’s lack of commitment on defense is what ultimately sets him apart in comparison to Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore, and even Otto Porter.
Washington certainly has a lot of work to do from now, until June 27th, where they’ll have to make a decision between a number of prospects.
So, Otto Porter or Anthony Bennett? Let me know in the comments section.