Otto Porter, Sophomore, Small Forward, Georgetown
6’8 1/2., 205 lbs
16.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.7 apg
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Pros: Otto Porter propelled an under-rated Hoyas squad to a league championship and National prominence during his team at Georgetown. It seems fitting, almost destined, for Porter to carry on that trend in the same city that made him a college superstar.
Georgetown coach John Thompson called Porter "the most prepared freshman I’ve ever coached.” Syracuse's Jim Boeheim called Porter “the best small forward in Big East history” a year later. Well deserved praise for the rangy swingman from Saint Louis who, in my opinion, is the most NBA-ready players in the 2013 draft.
His advanced offensive game and more-than-ample defense were developed through a gauntlet of superior competition in the Big East, arguably the country's best conference. Playing night-in, night-out in a league that featured eight NCAA tournament teams, two Final Four team and the eventual National Champion unquestionable raised Porter's level of play in 2012-'13.
Porter's silky smooth ball-handling and consistent knock-down jumper produces a very efficient game with few wasted possessions. The reigning Big East Player of the Year connected on 50.4% of his two-pointers, 42.2% of his threes and only turned the ball over 1.5 times per game for his college career. Porter demonstrates a well-rounded skill set that resulted in 16.7 points and 7.5 rebounds as a sophomore.
Cons: Otto Porter is a fine prospect and will be someone's top pick, but his talents and polished game shouldn't be confused for athleticism. Porter's game has evolved exponentially since his days at Scott County Central High School in St. Louis, but he certainly isn't the most athletic player. Some scouts fear that his lack of God-given ability gives Porter a lower ceiling than other players in this year's draft.
Porter is also going to have to put on some muscle to be a productive and durable player. The rigors of an 82 game NBA season requires players to have enough bulk to last through the beats bodies take. His gangly 6 foot 8.5 inch frame only carries 205 lbs. In comparison, the Pacers Paul George, another long and lean swimgman with similar height, weighs 225 lbs. I am sure a professional offseason lifting program will throw some bulk on the rookie, but it is something to keep an eye on.
Why the Wizards should draft him: The transition would be seamless for Porter, becoming the third player in the Wizards' version of the Big Three. Porter's NBA readiness means he could probably start from Day 1. Drafting Porter would fill a massive need at the small forward position that would all the Wizards to A) Make plans to get rid of Trevor Ariza and his putrid contract and B) Make Martell Webster a full-time 6th man, giving the Wizards much needed bench scoring. The fact that he would be hometown favorite doesn't hurt, either.
Why the Wizards should pass on him: The Wizards are in desperate need of a # 1 scoring option.John Wall is developing the tools to potentially be a # 1 scoring option, but as a point guard, it isn't an ideal situation. Bradley Beal is your classic # 2 scorer as a sharp-shooting two-guard. The Wizards might be taking a risk with Porter with they're not 100% certain that he could one day evolve into that option.