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Otto Porter’s agent seems quite certain Porter won’t slip past No. 3 in draft

Jun 12, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

Otto Porter Jr., John Thompson III

Otto Porter is one of the most polished prospects in the NBA Draft. He showed an ability to run Georgetown’s offense, and his smooth jumper gave him success off the ball, too. He has ideal size for his position in the NBA, which made him a good defender in college.

Porter is also younger than Ben McLemore, Victor Oladipo, Trey Burke and Anthony Bennett, so he has plenty of potential.

Porter’s polish and potential combine to make him valuable in the draft, and he’s acting accordingly. Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer:

Agent David Falk confirms Porter will work out only for the teams with the top three picks: Cleveland, Orlando and Washington. That means Falk, who is Washington-based, feels strongly that Porter can go no later than the Wizards’ No. 3 pick. I’d heard as much from various NBA sources.

The Cavaliers and Wizards have both made clear they aren’t interested in a prolonged rebuild and want to make the playoffs next season. Both teams also need a small forward more than any other position. Cleveland has Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters as guards and Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao as bigs. Washington has John Wall and Bradley Beal as guards and Nene and Emeka Okafor as bigs. Considering he appears so NBA ready, Porter could slide right in and start from day one and help either team increase its playoff chances.

Orlando isn’t quite so obvious as a fit, considering Maurice Harkless and Tobias Harris have shown promise. But the Magic, which view rebuilding as a multi-year project, might not be worried about chemistry between their players quite yet. After all, there’s always plenty of time to trade one. They could see how good Porter is already and how young he is and decided to sort out the rest later.

My money is on Porter staying in the D.C. area and going to the Wizards at No. 3.

  1. money2long - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    i feel like someone could make a funny caption for that picture.

    the wizards have major pieces as far as their future prospects go. if only jan vesely pans out. i wonder who they could have had over vesely, who i think they drafted 6th overall.

  2. saint1997 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Risky. John Wall wants Bennett and he could be a better fit

  3. aboogy123456 - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Wizards offense has been so much better when they play small, with either Nene or Okafor sitting, because it gives john wall more space. If Porter goes to the Wizards I see him playing more of a stretch 4 than a 3. His shooting ability will allow them to space the floor where defenses will have to double wall to keep him out of the lane but create open shooters. On defense, it will force Porter to play closer to the basket which I think is a good thing because both nene and okafor need help blocking shots. The team will have a lot of versatility but the lineup that I like is: Wall, Beal, Webster, Porter, and Nene.

  4. unxpexted1 - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    I would really like him on the wizards. That would be a real solid young core to build somethign with in Wall, Porter, and Beal

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