Wizards rookie, Otto Porter, has practiced with the team multiple times this week after being sidelined for months due to a hip injury he suffered during a voluntary practice before the season started. Porter has been cleared to play, but he’s still not where he needs to be to play major minutes from a conditioning standpoint. Even though his return could be soon, he’ll be a game-time decision tomorrow night against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Porter didn’t sound too optimistic about playing on Friday after yesterday’s practice, saying “I don’t know about Friday, but I feel like I’m getting more in shape. He’s expected to be brought along in the lineup similarly to Chris Singleton, who’s seen increased minutes in every game he’s played in so far. Porter has sat on the bench for months without practicing, so the staff has been extremely cautious with him before he gets to make his debut.
Even though he isn’t expected to make an incredible impact, having someone as versatile as Otto Porter in a reserve role would be great for Washington’s bench, which has been struggling all season long. Porter won’t come in and change anything, but he will fit in nicely with this current Wizards team. Randy Wittman and Co. don’t need Porter to try and reinvent himself. He’ll simply be asked to do the things he’s been doing his entire career, which is largely the things which often go unnoticed in basketball.
Having Porter back in the lineup will definitely boost the bench for the Wizards. Nothing set in stone, but I think we might be able to get to see Porter debut in front of the Verizon Center crowd tomorrow.