Otto Porter is one of the most talked-about players leading up to the 2013 NBA draft, and for good reason. The 19-year-old small forward out of Georgetown is supremely talented, selfless to a fault, understands the nuances of the game and treats every single play like it's his last.
Is Porter worthy of a top-five pick?
Last year at Georgetown, Porter helped the Hoyas earn a No. 2 seed in the 2013 NCAA tournament before the team was stunned in the round of 64 by Florida Gulf Coast.
He averaged 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.9 blocks per contest, displaying an excellent all-around game.
Here's a closer look at some of his best qualities—the big reasons why NBA teams are salivating over the chance to land him in the 2013 NBA draft.
Professional teams aren't just looking for skilled players; they are looking for skilled players who are also elite athletes and who possess outstanding height and length.
Porter, a 6'8", 198-pound small forward, possesses these qualities.
Not only does he have the height to make big plays inside and out, but Porter also has an impressive wingspan, as ESPN's Chad Ford reports:
Otto Porter was big with a 6'7.5" in socks and 6' 8.5" in shoes measurement . He has a very big 7'1.5" wing.— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) May 17, 2013
Though Porter isn't necessarily the quickest man on the perimeter, he is an excellent slasher who can score inside when playing off the ball.
His length allows him to shoot over the top of his defenders on offense and smother his opponent on the defensive side of the court.
Old-School Mentality, Old-School Game
Too many young players these days abandon the mid-range game. In fact, the mid-range jumper is almost becoming a lost art in the NBA—barring the big men who have become adept at stepping out, that is.
Porter is an excellent mid-range shooter who can hit 15- to 18-foot jumpers in his sleep. He is strong at moving without the ball and is an excellent catch-and-shoot player.
He's also an aggressive, tenacious defender on the perimeter and down low in the paint.
These are traits that many young players lack coming into the NBA, and his maturity on and off the court has impressed many people during his time at Georgetown.
Mike Wise of the Washington Post recently wrote a column about Porter's old-school tendencies. He detailed Porter's selflessness, his beyond-his-years maturity and his team focus. Leading to his conclusion, Wise paints a vivid picture with these words:
Porter is an old basketball soul, from somewhere around 1960, trapped in a 2013 Nike Summer Jam universe. He has some of Scottie Pippen’s elongated arms, a little of George Gervin’s smooth and a bit of John Havlicek’s clutch.
And now he’s all but gone — headed for the NBA, where K.D., LeBron and Kobe will soon have to contend with O.P., the new-jack cat with the ancient game.
If that's not poetry, then I don't know what is.
If drafted by a franchise that already features an excellent point guard and a big man who can score, Porter will flourish, as will his new team.
His team-first mentality, phenomenal work ethic and jack-of-all-trades skill set make him a rare treasure. NBA teams love to get their hands on young men like him, and you can be sure Porter will be one of the early selections when the 2013 NBA draft kicks off on June 27.
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