Otto Porter: 6.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, .7 SPG
Summer league is usually a place where high lottery picks, such as Otto Porter, can showcase their skills in an NBA setting. Although Porter missed 3 of the Wizards’ 5 games with tightness in his hamstring, we still got a little glimpse of what type of player he can become in the future.
Coming into the summer league, we all knew Porter wasn’t going to light Las Vegas up with his ability to score the ball, or lack thereof. Porter struggled to knock down shots we’re accustomed to seeing him make, couldn’t finish at the basket, and just flat out had difficulty putting the ball in the basket. Luckily, Porter’s intangibles that we’ve gloated about for the past several weeks transitioned to the NBA summer league. Otto Porter’s stats wont tell the whole story, and even though his basic stats are definitely horrendous, I think he played better in some aspects than those numbers actually show.
Otto Porter knows how to play basketball, and I think that became evident in the few games he suited up for. Porter used his length to disrupt offense, tipped loose balls, and managed to get involved in plays just through the use of his superior length. Since he can’t necessarily create offense for himself with the ball, Porter used his movement without the ball to get some easy baskets, which is primarily the reason the Wizards tried to play him at shooting guard.Like Bradley Beal, Porter has the instincts to become a very effective scorer with his off the ball movement, especially when running off ball screens.
Unlike some of the Wizards fanbase, I’m not the least bit worried about Porter’s struggles in the summer league. He has all the tools to become a successful NBA player and he’ll have the platform to put those tools to use once he’s paired up with John Wall and Bradley Beal. We’ve seen rookies struggle in the past because they think they’re done developing, but since Porter knows he has to continue working and improving it’ll help him grow in the long run. Porter has gone through obstacles in the past, and I’m confident that this will help him get better as a player.
With that said, like everyone, I would’ve liked to have seen Porter contribute more than he had out on the floor.