For years, the Wizards have been without a small forward that’s capable of having a sizable impact in a game. Fortunately for the Wizards, Porter possesses a number of characteristics that signify that he can propel the Wizards to the next level.
Versatile on Offense
Porter is a man of many tricks on offense. Whether around the basket or from the outside, Porter will make things happen.
During his sophomore campaign for the Hoyas, Porter accounted for 25 percent of the team’s scoring, logging 16.2 points per game.
Against a sound Syracuse defense that, might I add, ranked third in the NCAA in opponent field-goal percentage, Porter went to work, dismantling the Orange’s “impenetrable” zone defense with 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting.
Because of Porter’s length and incredible footwork, head coach John Thompson III made it a point of emphasis to feature Porter in the high and low post areas. With Porter being able to create opportunities for everyone from the block, scoring will be much easier for the Wizards.
Porter has the intelligence, will and skill needed in order to become a premier defender in the NBA.
If you don’t think so, look at where he went to college.
Still, that type of production is nothing new.
Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green are all products of the suffocating, in-your-face style of defense that the Thompson’s have employed over the years. Likewise, the aforementioned players and many others have achieved great success at the next level because of the countless lessons they've received.
Determined to Be Great
Oftentimes, it can be hard to discern whether or not a player genuinely cares about putting in the hard, long hours in the gym and the never-ending study sessions in order to become a great basketball player.
For Porter, he is determined to take advantage of the opportunity he has received.
In an interview with Grantland’s Bill Simmons and ESPN analyst and former NBA star, Jalen Rose, Porter expressed that it is a “privilege” to play against the best players in the world.
Many people grow up with hopes and dreams of playing in the NBA, yet the bleak realization is that not everyone will make it. Having recognized that the opportunity is certainly a precious one, Porter will be driven and motivated to become a great ballplayer.
Bringing in a player like Porter will, without question, create a more tight-knit Wizards locker room. Porter’s humility and self-sacrificing attitude are paramount reasons why this man will carve out a long and fruitful career for himself.
The Wizards have a gem on their hands in Porter. Certainly, great times are on the horizon for Wizards basketball.