The Washington Wizards drafted Otto Porter and he appears to have a certain stigma. Many people write him off as someone who will be a solid player, but never a star. Many equate the fact that he was a safe pick with him not having much upside. But what if he really does have upside and no one talks about it? What if I told you that Otto has the potential (potential being the key word here) to be the Wizard's 2nd best player on a championship caliber team. Our Russell Westbrook in Kevin Durant's body.
Obviously, Otto Porter is nowhere near as good as Kevin Durant right now. But I still believe he can be the second best player on this Wizards team. The star on this Wizards team is John Wall and the star on the Thunder is Kevin Durant. Westbrook is the 2nd best player on that team. I personally believe that Wall will eventually be better than Westbrook, but the difference won't be by much. I am interested in whether Otto Porter can create just as small of a difference between him and Durant later on in his career.
A lot of this depends on how you define potential. In this case, I choose to begin with size and athleticism since those two attributes are what people typically associate with potential. According to DraftExpress, Otto Porter put up slightly better athletic numbers than Kevin Durant. I found this to be interesting because many people say that Porter is not athletic while Durant is considered very athletic. Porter (3.40 s) has a slightly higher faster 3/4 sprint than Durant (3.45 s). His lane agility was timed at 11.25 s while Durant's was 12.33 s. Otto Porter put up a 27.0 inch no step vertical and a 36 inch max vertical. Again, this was better than Durant's 26.0 inch no step vertical and 33.5 max vertical. Despite Otto Porter being slightly more athletic, Durant makes up for this by being slightly longer and taller. I would say that both appear to have a very similar build at the small forward position.
So if the difference between the two players isn't size or athleticism then it has to be skill. Kevin Durant is one of the greatest scorers to ever play this game because of his shooting ability, ball handling, and play making ability. The question then becomes whether you believe Otto Porter can obtain these skills and execute them at an elite level. Watching the vast improvement he made from his freshman year to his sophomore year, I don't think it is out of the realm of possibility that Porter develop these skills.
I don't think Otto Porter will be better than Kevin Durant, but just like their draft positions it will be close. Maybe this young man has a lot more potential than most people have been giving him credit for. Just a thought.