How Georgetown's Ugly Loss Impacts Otto Porter's NBA Draft Stock
Georgetown suffered one of the more humiliating losses in program history in this year's NCAA tournament, with star Otto Porter right in the middle of his team's lackluster overall showing.
But how much will this letdown performance impact Porter's NBA draft stock come June? He certainly didn't look sharp out there with thousands of eyeballs watching.
Porter finished 5-of-17 from the floor for 13 points, made a couple of turnovers and got beat once or twice defensively.
And it won't matter.
After a season when Porter led Georgetown to a No. 2 seed, averaging 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds on 48 percent shooting and 42.2 percent from downtown, scouts can toss this game film right out the window.
For starters, Porter doesn't project as a guy who's going to take over offensively anyway. He won't be a top-two scoring option at the next level. But at Georgetown, without anyone else on the roster capable of creating their own offense, Porter is given the go-to cap.
The only thing is, he doesn't have the skill set to efficiently take on that responsibility on a routine basis. Porter is a complementary scorer. He plays off of his teammates, not the other way around.
Porter finishes off cuts and slashes to the basket:
Porter is a spot-up catch-and-shoot player on the perimeter:
Porter is deadly in the open floor:
But Porter is not someone who's going to create half-court offense off the dribble:
You don't have to be viewed as a go-to option for points to be drafted early on. Take a look at Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. He went No. 2 overall in 2012 without the ability to create his own shot.
Because Porter is so versatile and multidimensional, he doesn't have to rely on scoring in order to be effective.
Despite his poor shooting performance against Florida Gulf Coast, he still managed to bring in 13 rebounds. Other times, it's a couple of blocks, or steals, or assists.
Should Georgetown's loss to Florida Gulf Coast affect Otto Porter's draft stock?
He's the type of guy you can plug into any lineup without having to worry that his skill set will clash with his surrounding personnel. Porter makes everyone around him better. Case in point, this Georgetown team, whose rotation is far from intimidating yet found a way to earn a No. 2 seed in the Big Dance.
Markel Starks, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Greg Whittington wouldn't have had the seasons they had without Porter's presence in the lineup.
Porter projects as a winning two-way rotation player on the wing, the way Tayshaun Prince was for the Detroit Pistons in the mid-2000s.
When analyzing Porter's draft stock, you have to take into consideration the draft stocks of his direct competitors. And at the top of this draft, there just isn't anyone you can confidently say is a safer bet that still offers high reward.
Though still a few months from June, Porter has already established himself as one of the premier prospects in America. He didn't lose that game to Florida Gulf Coast. Georgetown did. And though he might take the fall, his draft stock remains protected.
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