2013-14 Contract: $4,278,000
At just over 6’8’’ and with a 7’1’’ wingspan, Porter is a defensive monster who can disrupt passing lanes and quickly turn defense into offense.
Due to his skills on both ends of the floor, it is hard to see head coach Randy Wittman keeping his high draft pick on the bench in favor of Trevor Ariza.
The Wizards' Randy Wittman had this to say to Michael Lee of the Washington Post about his newest asset
We’ve talked about what we wanted to establish here last year from a defensive standpoint; he fits that category. He’s a guy that’s versatile. I think he’s going to be able to guard multiple positions. He gives us really good size. He’s just a guy you can put in there and he’s going to make different players better. That’s a huge asset for us.
Porter's length allows him to defend bigger 2-guards who may be a mismatch for his new teammate, Bradley Beal. Taking on Kawhi Leonard-types who can post up on the low blocks also should not be a problem for Porter, particularly if he adds some bulk to his 197-pound frame.
Considered by some one of the more polished prospects in the 2013 NBA draft, Porter should be given every opportunity to make a run at the NBA Rookie of the Year award.
At the most, the playmaking Porter could average close to the 1.8 steals per game he averaged his sophomore year at Georgetown, along with the 0.9 blocks he managed that same season. That block number would put him right behind Okafor for the team lead.
If he cannot defend at the same level he did in college, which would likely be due to his skinny build, he could be a solid threat from the three-point line.
Porter made massive strides in improving his three-point shooting, such that it is becoming a go-to part of an already highly efficient offensive game.
While he finished a mere 22.6 percent from three as a freshman, he raised that mark to 42.2 percent from beyond the arc in 2012-13.
Look for him to continue to work on his long-range game as he becomes more comfortable from NBA range.