As a part of their NBA Rookie Projection series, Sir Charles in Charge (FanSided’s general NBA site), broke down Otto Porter Jr.’s upcoming rookie season with the Washington Wizards.
Despite the lack of buzz surrounding Porter, especially after his dismal play in the NBA Summer League, basketball in August won’t stop fans from making predictions for this upcoming season.
Sir Charles in Charge did a great job forming a description of Porter, referencing his hard work and will to continuously improve his game.
As a rookie, Porter Jr. isn’t going to shoot the lights out right away. It’s rare when a rookie has that ability initially, even though he shot an impressive 48 percent last season at Georgetown. One thing that he will bring in from the outright is his hustle. Porter Jr. is going to put his head down and work, day in and day out. He got better, much better from his freshman to his sophomore year. His freshman year he shot a putrid 22 percent from three, his sophomore year he shot 42 percent on double the shot attempts.
Although the Wizards have three small forwards on their roster who are capable of starting, it’s interesting that the guys over at SCIC projected a starting role for Porter. In fact, this noted prediction also thinks that the Wizards “need Porter to be reliable”, which is a huge step in his rookie season, especially if they think he’s going to start.
Even though Porter is likely Washington’s guy for the future at small forward, I tend to think Martell Webster will remain in the starting lineup. As they mentioned, Porter still has to develop before he could become a day-to-day contributor in the nation’s capital. Is he capable of becoming a starter in a few seasons? Absolutely.
Overall, I think it’s interesting that some of our thoughts on Porter differ from the overall basketball fans’ expectations for next season. As the season grows closer, we’ll definitely make sure to break down individual expectations for every player on the roster.