Washington Wizards: 3 Reasons Why the Wizards Should Sign Carmelo Anthony

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3. Otto Porter Jr Isn’t Getting It Done

The plug needs to be pulled on the failed experiment of Otto Porter Jr. He’s averaging a lackluster 10.6 PPG. On top of this, four of the past five games he’s failed to reach double digit scoring and has been non-existent in the offense.

Porter doesn’t know when to shoot and he can’t figure out how to play off the ball either. The coaching staff specifically has to come up with plays just to give him the opportunity to score, and even then he doesn’t attempt those shots.

His field goal Percentage is down from last year (.503-.449), as well as his 3 point percentage, which has taken the biggest hit this year (.441-.375). It’s trending that this year might be one of his worst seasons of his career.

Porter is averaging 8 shot attempts per game. How is that supposed to impact a game in any way? He’s getting paid $100 million to shoot the ball that many times per contest? Give me a break.  He’s an overpaid 3 & D wing player that receives to much credit. He just can’t seem to find his place in the offense.

The answer to this problem? Carmelo Anthony.

It’s been clear throughout his career that Anthony is not afraid to shoot, which is good because that’s exactly what John Wall and Bradley Beal need. Melo isn’t afraid to take big shots and absorb a little bit of the pressure off the duo in close game situations.

Anthony has been known to score, but most importantly when Wall passes him the ball he won’t be afraid to take the open jumper and assist with the scoring load. Sounds like a savvy veteran that used to play for the Wizards… Paul Pierce.

One thing Pierce did well was play big and take shots in the 4th quarter. The Wizards wouldn’t be asking Anthony to be the leading scorer on the team, but they definitely would ask Melo to assume the clutch moments at the end of the game.

That has been a huge weakness come playoff time for the Wizards. Wall and Beal disappear. Anthony isn’t afraid to shy away from that.