Washington Wizards: 3 Former Wizards who could really help right now

Washington Wizards Kelly Oubre. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports
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Washington Wizards Bobby Portis.
Washington Wizards Bobby Portis. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /

Bobby Portis

Years as a Washington Wizard: 2019 (28 games)
Current Team: Milwaukee Bucks

If you blinked, you might have missed Bobby Portis‘ time with the Washington Wizards. But if you were watching, he wasn’t bad.

After coming over from Chicago in the Otto Porter Jr trade, Portis finished the 2018-19 season with the Wizards. During his short stint with Washington, Portis averaged 14.3 points and 8.6 rebounds in 28 games. He also shot an impressive 40.3 percent from three (4.3 attempts per).

The Wizards let him walk during the summer of 2019, and two seasons later, Portis is putting up good numbers for an Eastern Conference contender.

As a backup center with the Milwaukee Bucks, Portis is having a great season. Through 35 games,  Portis is shooting 50 percent from three (2.1 attempts per) and 54.6 percent from the field. In 21 minutes per game, he’s averaging 10.9 points and 7.1 rebounds.

Above all, Portis has been a beast on the boards, posting a rebounding percentage of 17.2 at the All-Star break, well above any of the Wizards’ leading rebounders.

The Wizards are a solid rebounding team and rank eleventh overall in rebounds per game (44.4), but Portis would be an improvement over anyone currently manning the center position. Not only is he outperforming all of the Wizards’ active centers, but his per 36 numbers rival what Thomas Bryant was putting up during his strong start.