With the NBA Draft just weeks away, Wiz of Awes will be doing a mock draft, which we’ll break down each pick for every lottery team, including the Washington Wizards.
3) Washington Wizards: Otto Porter Jr. , SF, Georgetown
Basic Stats: 16.2 PPG, 7.5 REB, 2.7 AST, 1.8 STL
It’s time to break down which NBA Draft prospect the Washington Wizards should select on June 27th.
I think it’s safe to say that despite some different opinions, Georgetown’s Otto Porter is likely the consensus pick amongst Wizards fans. UNLV big man, Anthony Bennett, has gained some attention as of late and it’s been reported that the Wizards front office is “split between” the two forwards, but at the end of the day, I think it’ll be tough to pass on a player as complete as Otto Porter.
Unlike Anthony Bennett, Otto Porter is known for his effort on the defensive side of the floor and his ability to use his length to disrupt offensive flow. At 6’8, Porter is capable of using his length to defend pick and rolls, pick off passes, and his activity on the ball may be the primary reason Porter averaged nearly two steals per game this past season. Although Porter isn’t an incredible athlete, he makes up for it with his length and persistence defensively.
Besides Trevor Ariza, the Wizards don’t necessarily have a great perimeter defender. Porter would instantly help the Wizards improve their defense, possibly even continuing to climb the ranks defensively, since Washington was the eighth best defensive team in the NBA last season, in terms of efficiency.
But, the Wizards need someone other than John Wall and Bradley Beal to put the ball in the basket, and that’s where Otto Porter would contribute. As I mentioned, Porter isn’t an elite level athlete, but he makes up for it with his basketball I.Q and his ability to do everything well. Although Otto Porter’s mechanics aren’t very good, he increased his 3 point percentage nearly 20% from his freshman season at Georgetown to his sophomore year. Porter shot just over 42 percent from beyond the arc, which is significantly higher than Bradley Beal’s percentages at Florida. Beal is obviously the better shooter of the two, but Porter’s increased confidence in his jumper has elevated him amongst some other top prospects in this years NBA Draft.
Porter would also fit perfectly with Washington’s young nucleus, which features John Wall and Bradley Beal. Washington desperately needs help scoring the ball in all aspects of the game, especially since they were the worst offensive team in the league this past season. Beal was essentially the only player who could consistently keep up with Wall in transition, and with Martell Webster entering free agency, Washington will need to fill the void. Porter is capable of running in transition, and will only help compliment Washington’s backcourt with his strong motor. He does struggle to finish over stronger defenders, but I think that will eventually change once he gets a few years of the NBA game under his belt. Besides, we can’t forget that Porter is only 20 years old and still has room to grow.
Some fans may say that Porter doesn’t have as high of a ceiling as Anthony Bennett or some of the other draft prospects, but I honestly don’t understand their reasoning. Porter is obviously a fairly complete player, but that doesn’t mean he won’t continue to improve. His improvement from his freshman season at Georgetown to his second year is evidence of his willingness to continue expanding his game.
I could understand why some want the Wizards to take Anthony Bennett, but at the end of the day, I think Otto Porter is the obvious choice between the two. Washington doesn’t have any time to develop young players and their abilities to do so are very limited, as seen in the past. Porter is an impact player, and that’s something Washington needs.
Porter’s high character is comparable to some of those well respected throughout the league and I have no doubt in my mind that he could have a positive impact in the nation’s capital.