The Washington Wizards are all too familiar with injuries during the offseason, and rookie Otto Porter Jr. hasn’t been able to practice with the team during training camp because of a hip flexor he suffered during an offseason workout. The Wizards completed day four of training camp today, and both Porter and Booker missed their fourth consecutive day.
Day 4 of #Wizards camp. Porter (hip) Ariza (calf) Booker (knee) all missed practice. Camp breaks tomorrow. First preseason game is next Tues
— Chris Miller (@cmillscsn) October 1, 2013
Since the Wizards will be wrapping up camp shortly, you’d have to wonder if Porter will miss the entire process of getting familiar with the roster and schemes he’ll be playing with this season. As a rookie, it’s important that Porter doesn’t fall too far behind as it could ultimately hinder his development with the team. Once camp comes to an end, Otto Porter won’t have time to make up what he missed with the team. Randy Wittman recently stated that Porter could essentially return whenever he stops feeling the discomfort, but if he does end up watching the rest of camp from the sidelines, he’ll be missing valuable time to get familiarized with the club.
Even though the Wizards will presumably start either Martell Webster or Trevor Ariza at small forward, I’d expect Porter to get significant playing time along side John Wall and Bradley Beal. The third overall pick out of Georgetown isn’t expected to carry a large amount of pressure as Wall and Beal did heading into their rookie seasons, so it’s detrimental that Porter finds his way into the rotation. Without training camp, the coaching staff really can’t gauge Porter’s game, which will make it extremely difficult for them to find his role.
Hopefully Porter will return as soon as possible. As of right now, both Porter and Booker are listed as day to day.