According to ESPN Insider Chad Ford, the Washington Wizards front office appears to be split between Georgetown’s Otto Porter and UNLV big man, Anthony Bennett.
The Wizards are sitting pretty at No. 3. The two players they really like — Porter and UNLV’s Anthony Bennett — are both on the board here. The need help at both the 3 and the 4, and sources say their front office is split between them. Porter’s versatility and his ability to affect the game without shooting the ball are major pluses on a team that already has several starters who like to score the ball. Bennett’s ability to stretch the floor as a 4 is also appealing, as is his upside. Aside from Noel, many NBA GMs believe Bennett might have the highest upside of anyone in the draft. This one could go down to the wire, but I’m giving the edge to Porter because of the question marks around Bennett’s injured shoulder.
Like Washington’s front office, Wizards fans have also debated between the two consensus NBA Lottery picks. Porter is obviously very popular with fans in the Washington D.C area having played for Georgetown, but his ability to score the ball combined with his length and tenacity on defense is the primary reason he’ll likely become a part of Washington’s young nucleus. His lack of elite athleticism has hurt his stock a bit amongst other analysts, since they feel as if his ceiling is low compared to the other prospects.
Anthony Bennett would fill a need in Washington, since he’s able to stretch the floor with his shooting ability, but he’s also able to play in the post. John Wall and Bradley Beal have spoken numerous times about adding a player who can “pick and pop” and the NBA Draft may be one way to do so. Bennett does have some question marks though, as his defensive effort was inconsistent and he’s also dealing with a shoulder injury, which will prevent him from participating in pre-draft workouts.
At the end of the day, I still think Otto Porter is viewed as Washington’s pick. What do think the Wizards will do with the pick? Let me know in the comments section.