Otto Porter’s unfortunate injury has kept him sidelined for the entire Wizards training camp, preseason, and it doesn’t seem like he’ll be back anytime soon. Porter suffered a strained hip flexor on September 14th during a voluntary practice, and hasn’t been able to participate in any team-oriented workouts since. He was scheduled to get an update on his status after getting an MRI yesterday, but it appears we won’t be getting much of an update after all.
Even though Porter wasn’t expected to make much of an impact this season, he’s missed a long period of developmental time with the Wizards that he’ll never be able to get back. Porter will certainly struggle to find a spot in the rotation once he’s cleared to play, given the fact that the coaching staff has never even been able to work with him individually. At this point, I’d be surprised if Porter doesn’t miss a large portion of the season, since he’s been dealing with an injury which was labeled “day-to-day” for well over a month now.
It’s definitely not time to push the panic button, but Porter’s inability to stay healthy is concerning. Washington passed on Nerlens Noel in the NBA Draft likely because he won’t be back in quite some time, and might even miss the entire season, but Porter’s vague injury does bring about a similar amount of concern. We initially thought that Porter would be back in time for the regular season, but it doesn’t look like he’s progressing nearly as fast as expected. Otto Porter did play in the vast majority of games during his time at Georgetown, so he doesn’t really have a history of being sidelined.
Otto Porter was never given a clear timetable for his injury, so we’ll just have to see if that changes in the near future. Are you concerned about Porter? Let me know in the comments section.