2) Otto Porter Jr. , SF, Georgetown
If you’re a Wizards fan, you’ve inevitably heard his name a unhealthy amount of times during the course of the season. After the Wizards moved up from the 8th slot to the 3rd overall pick in the NBA Draft Lottery, Otto Porter instantly became the consensus pick amongst Wizards fans.
Of course, playing in the nation’s capital for a number of years on the collegiate level doesn’t hurt, but Washington’s need for a small forward would make Porter a perfect fit for the nation’s professional team.
Washington was the 8th best defensive team in the league last season in terms of defensive efficiency, and continuing to build through their great defense will definitely be a key factor for their future success. Trevor Ariza, who is considered the teams best perimeter defender, has just one year left on his contract and Martell Webster, who started at small forward this past season, is a free agent. The Wizards have to fill that hole and there’s no one better to fill that need but Otto Porter.
Porter is one of the most versatile defenders in this years draft class and his understanding of the game is something the Wizards could certainly use. With two years of high level basketball under his belt, Porter won’t need as much time to adjust to the NBA game as some of the other NBA prospects. He understands how to use his length to disrupt offenses, create for himself off the ball, but most importantly, he affects the game in other ways besides the stat sheet.
With John Wall and Bradley Beal, Porter won’t be forced to become the focal point of Washington’s offense like he was at Georgetown. Some of his weaknesses handling the ball will be masked while running in transition with Wall and Beal, which will certainly make him more effective on the offensive side of the floor.
His continued improvement over the years, high character and versatility on the court will make him a can’t miss prospect once the Wizards time on the clock starts.