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Unlike everyone else, Otto Porter wouldn’t be surprised if Wizards don’t draft him

Jun 26, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

Otto Porter Jr. AP

NEW YORK – It’s difficult to find a credible NBA Draft projection that doesn’t have Otto Porter going No. 3 to the Wizards, and it makes a lot of sense.

The Cavaliers at No. 1 seem to be eying a big man like Nerlens Noel or Alex Len, and Porter has never really been seriously linked with the Magic at No. 2.

At No. 3, Porter could be the best prospect available. Plus, Washington could use a small forward, especially considering Martell Webster will be a free agent this summer. Plus, Porter played his Georgetown games at the same arena where the Wizards play. Plus, the Wizards seem to be gearing up for a playoff run next season, and Porter is a very developed player.

There’s just a whole lot that add ups, which is why nearly everyone is predicting Porter will be the third pick. But count Porter among the skeptics.

“I wouldn’t be surprised,” said Porter, who worked out with the Wizards, Cavaliers and Magic, of the possibility of getting picked elsewhere. “Any place I go, I feel like it will feel just like D.C. , just being comfortable and just playing my game.”

One thing Porter is certain of: he’s more prepared to play at the next level than any other player in this draft class.

“I definitely think I do have the most NBA game,” Porter said.

  1. pmx8411 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    This guy can ball…give him a shot

  2. annapterp - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    He’s hoping and praying he doesn’t end up with the dysfunctional Wiz. That franchise is cursed. Maybe if they went back to the “Bullets” name they’d reverse the curse!!

  3. saint1997 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    I agree with him. It’s not a leap to say Wiz wont draft him – particularly after you’re forgetting John Wall said he wanted the team to draft a “pick and pop 4”. With Bennett’s versatility to play the 3 I would not be surprised to see the Wiz take him and it wouldn’t be a bad move by them

    • nichobert - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      It would be when you’re putting chemistry, defense and character first.

      Bennett looks like half as goood as Derrick Williams or Beasley.

      I’d rather trade down to 7 for that pick and Patrick Patterson. Bennett looks like a bust, and if not a bust, a guy who doesn’t fit in with DC on any level..

      I’d trust Chris Singleton as a stretch 4 over Bennett, for reals.

      • saint1997 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:50 PM

        I think that Bennett will be better than you are thinking. It is true that they might get him at a lower pick but the Wiz need offence – that atrocious team was actually top 10 in defence. Bennett provides that

  4. adoombray - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    this reminds me of those stories last year that “leaked” where MKG and TRob were hoping that they wouldnt have to go to the Kings. As we saw with the baffling trade deadline cash dump of TRob, those fears were well founded. Sucks to be a Wizard fan, with all the question marks around that team

    • nichobert - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      Are there really a lot of questions?

      Beal looks like a stud. Wall fixed his jumper and did a lot of work challenging the perception that he’s not a guy who elevates his teammates ( 4-28 without, 25-19 with before going 0-6 with 5 of their top 7 guys resting)

      2nd best defense, 4th best 3pt shooting, 10th best point differential over that 44 game stretch.

      It’s not a home run, but it’s pretty freakin strong for a team with a 3rd pick.

      • adoombray - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        They won 29 games last year.

        Wall has had questions surrounding him since he was drafted, most of which is consistency, Beal barely shot 40% from the field and despite averaging 31 minutes a game average 13.9 PPG. Hardly a stud. Their third best player is Martell Webster.

        What was that line in pulp fiction about sucking of popsicles?

  5. sportsnut101 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Why won’t Orlando draft him. They need a sf plus more. They have a big in Nicholson or wateva his name is They need a pg too

    Wizards need pr def

    Bobcats will not let potter go by them

    Suns gonna sg from Indiana.

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