There seems to be a lot of skepticism recently about whether or not Otto Porter can live up to the hefty expectations that come with being the third pick in the draft. His professional career did not start off as we all envisioned. He looked passive during summer league and has yet to play this preseason, leaving some with an uncomfortable feeling about his future prospects and even has SOME already labeling him a future bust, which is premature and far off.
It is even being widely assumed that Glen Rice Jr, who was picked 32 picks after Porter, has a good chance to do more for the Wizards this year than Porter. With some comparing them to the situation in Sac Town a couple of years back when Isaiah Thomas outplayed Jimmer Fredette.
Looking back, Porter was regarded as one of the safest prospects in the draft and the perfect fit for the Wizards, yet a few summer leagues games and hip injury later and suddenly there are major questions about his short and long term value. And while he is unlikely to ever reach the ceiling that Wall and Beal have the chance to reach, he still is capable of being a very good starter on a very good team.
Just because he has not been given the chance to show off his skills, it does not mean he doesn’t have them. While not super athletic, Porter is still a good shooter who is very long and has the potential to be a force on the defensive end. He does not play hero ball, he takes what defenses give him and makes the extra pass when needed. He simply plays very good, under control basketball.
And most importantly, he is a well-grounded individual and extremely hard working. He will do whatever it takes to improve.
Besides, it’s not like there was many more viable options available at three. Well, that is unless you believe that Nerlens Noel’s injury won’t affect his long term output, even though 5 teams passed on him and a 6th traded him… Or perhaps you believe Alex Len should have been the pick, who I might add, has already had a major injury concern of his own. Porter was the right pick then and he still is now. It is simply too early to be second guessing the pick that not too long ago we praised.
While the situation is not ideal, I urge patience. There were many reasons he was taken as such a high pick and I believe that he will remind us all of that soon. Remember, this is the guy who we created a twitter trend for, you all remember Lotto for Otto?
So take a deep breath and keep the faith, the kid will be just fine.