Otto Porter selected No. 3 by Wizards in NBA draft
The Washington Wizards selected Otto Porter with the 3rd pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. Here’s a look at Porter and how he fits with the Wizards:
Bio: Georgetown | Sophomore | Small Forward
Vitals: 6-9, 198 pounds
2012-13 Statistics: 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.8 steals, 48 percent shooting in 31 games.
Strengths: Porter’s strength is his versatility. He can score inside and out and led Georgetown in scoring, rebounding and steals, while finishing second in blocks and third in assists. A high-IQ player, Porter is NBA-ready and might be one of the surest things in the draft.
Weaknesses: At 6-9, Porter has ideal small forward size, but he’ll need to bulk up to regularly defend the likes of LeBron James (250 pounds) and Carmelo Anthony (230). Porter wasn’t very good in the NCAA tournament, leading some to question his big-game ability.
What Scouts Say: “He just knows how to play. He does a little bit of everything. He has come really far. I saw him in high school. He weighed about 45 pounds. The one thing that concerns me about him is he’s not an elite athlete, and he has to guard at his position. It scared me that he played so poorly against Florida Gulf Coast, but he’s really smart, so I think he’ll figure it out.”
Team Fit: This was the obvious pick to make. Washington needs a small forward to go with its John Wall/Bradley Beal backcourt and Porter is a prototypical plug-and-play guy at the 3. He doesn’t have to be a primary scoring option right away but should make an impact right out of the gate. Having played his college career in the Verizon Center and having the local fans know him is the cherry on top.