The Washington Wizards have indeed selected Otto Porter Jr, the lengthy 6'8 forward out of Georgetown University, with the third pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. This followed a stunning first two picks where the Cleveland Cavaliers took Anthony Bennett No. 1 and the Orlando Magic took Victor Oladipo No. 2. The Wizards left Nerlens Noel on the table to take Porter.
Porter followed up a season where he was snubbed from the Big East All-Rookie team and emerged as a true leader for the Hoyas in his sophomore year. He displayed remarkable growth as a shooter, hitting 42 percent of his threes. His overall field-goal percentage did taper a bit as he took on a larger role, but still managed to lead the conference in that category. The Hoyas fell short once again in the tournament, failing to advance at all, but Porter had done enough to affix himself among the Hoyas greats en route to being named apart of the Consensus All-America first team.
Now, Porter brings his renowned defensive presence to the Wizards, where he will certainly push for a chance to start over Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza. But it will not be easy, as he has much to prove regarding his ability to step back behind the NBA three-point line and hit with consistency. All the numbers and his progression lead many to believe he will serve as a good spot up shooter in the NBA, but he still has to prove it for more than one season while adjusting to the speed and freelancing nature of the NBA game.
Even off the bench, Porter will bring a completely new dynamic to the team. Not one of the current wings possesses the ability to come off screens, facilitate an offense AND defend, but Porter brings those qualities in spades. He can play off the ball or on it, he can play with ball dominant guards while serving as a cutter or he can play alongside pass-first guards while serving as a secondary playmaker. He keeps his defender working, he knows how to tightly brush off screens, find soft spots in the defense, cut to the rim, run give-and-go and crash the glass, which will be so vital alongside the development of Bradley Beal's floor game and John Wall's developed shooting touch.
At 20 years old, Porter has the potential to be the best player from this class. He won't be flashy, he may never wow you on the court, and he doesn't have the charisma or personality of a top draft pick. But that's a breath of fresh air, he falls right in line with Wall and Beal as hard-working young men that play the game unselfishly and want to win.
All that said ... passing on Noel stings. I hope the Wizards are doing it because Noel's injuries could be problematic, not because they think Porter can help them next year.
Welcome to the Wizards, Otto!