Otto Porter's Career Projections with Washington Wizards

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2013

Mar 9, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Georgetown Hoyas forward Otto Porter (22) looks on during the first half of the game against the Syracuse Orange at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
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Otto Porter Jr. turned an impressive sophomore campaign with Georgetown into a lottery selection in the 2013 NBA draft as he was taken by the Washington Wizards

The team announced the news on its Twitter account:

While this is certainly an exciting moment for both the player and the team, the real drama starts now. The small forward must live up to his expectations on the court to help his new squad reach its goals.

Here is a look at what to expect out of Porter going forward.


How He Will Fit on the Wizards

Washington has done extremely well in recent drafts with the selections of John Wall and Bradley Beal. The two players proved last year that the backcourt is now secure for the future.

By adding Porter, the team fills yet another position of need. The wing can play alongside these two and will not need to do everything himself like he did in college.

Early on in his career, he does not have to deal with the pressure and he can focus on doing the little things like rebounding and playing defense to help his team win. 

Without any true stars at the small forward position, Porter should be able to work for a starting job in his rookie year and should be able to hold onto that spot for a long time.

The Wizards still need to add a big man or two to truly contend in the Eastern Conference, but the core is now there. 


Offensive Projection

The best thing that Porter has going for him is his versatility. He does a little bit of everything on the floor and is certain to fill up the box score in virtually every spot.

He showed this past season the ability to consistently hit shots from the outside with a 42.2 three-point percentage. This is certain to extend out to the NBA line as he stretches defenses at the next level.

Additionally, he has the ability to create shots for himself off the dribble and has a solid mid-range game. 

Unlike many quality scorers, however, Porter is not the type of player to stop the ball on offense. The wing is unselfish on the court and is often just as willing to get an assist as a basket. Of course, this could also be a problem as he tends to be passive at times.

With the Wizards, he will not need to be as aggressive, which will allow him to maintain his style of shooting high-percentage shots. 

He will be a very well-rounded player that is productive in many areas, although he is unlikely to ever be the top scorer on a good team.


Defensive Projection

As good as Porter is offensively, his defensive ability is his biggest strength. The wing has the length and quickness to guard multiple positions and make things tough on any opposing player.

In the NBA, it would not be surprising to see him eventually get the assignment of taking on the other team's best offensive threat on a daily basis.

While he is not someone who is going to rack up blocks inside, he gets by on his high IQ and good positioning. This will also help him after shots as he continues to get a high amount of rebounds for a small forward. 

If teams attempt cross-court passes against him, he will use his long arms to get steals like he did throughout his college career. 

All of these factors will help him fill up the stat sheet across the board. By the time he reaches his prime, he could end up with some impressive numbers.

Best Season: 15.3 PPG, 47 FG%, 37 3PT%, 81 FT%, 7.1 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.5 BPG


NBA Player Comparison: Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard is a player that does a little bit of everything to help the San Antonio Spurs win. The small forward plays bigger than his size would indicate to get rebounds and is an excellent shooter and on-ball defender.

Porter does all of these things and is even a bit of a better passer, which should lead to a solid career for the former Georgetown star. 


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