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Otto Porter didn’t expect first NBA practice to be so fast-paced

Jul 9, 2013, 7:37 PM EDT

Otto Porter, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Wizards, is not an elite athlete compared to the other players selected around him. He also played for Georgetown, the 301st slowest among 347 Division I teams last season. The Hoyas heavily structured offense relied on timing, passing and shooting more than Porter’s explosiveness.

But that will change for him in the NBA.


Via J. Michael of CSN Washington:

“It didn’t go what I thought it would go like,” Porter said after his first practice Monday. “The way you think about the first practice, it was something you didn’t expect.

“His system, you want to get out and run more. The system where I’m from, its more slow-paced. But I’ve got to get back to my high school days always running. It’s not that bad.”

Porter’s challenge won’t get any easier when he heads to Las Vegas for the summer league, where games are often haphazardly full of fouls and turnovers. With Sundiata Gaines point guarding the Wizards’ summer-league team, don’t expect them to be the exception to the rule, either.Perhaps, a few hectic summer-league games will do wonders for Porter. They could re-calibrate his senses, and then by comparison, NBA play would no longer seem so drastically different than Georgetown.

  1. dondada10 - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Every time a player goes up a level it becomes a little harder to catch the ball in speed and square up. Porter will be fine by tomorrow’s practice.

  2. kchoya - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Roy Hibbert, Jeff Green, Greg Monroe and DaJuan Summers seemed to have not problem adjusting to the league.

    • sire2334 - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      Is this serious? Every one of those names did have an issue adjusting. Watch those rookie shows on NBA tv and in most of them you’ll see the rookies out of breath in practice. I used to work in the league. This is very normal. I’m not sure if its on youtube but try to find JR Smith’s rookie practices in New Orleans. It was a wake up call.

  3. dezglobal - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Welcome to the pros small fry.

  4. savvybynature - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    “With Sundiata Gaines point guarding the Wizards; summer-league team, don’t expect them to be the exception to the rule, either.”

    I have no clue what this sentence was intended to mean. I’d think that as a professional writer you’d put some thought into it whenever you use a semicolon, but clearly not much thought went into this sentence.

    • tjr324 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      If you think Kurt Helin is a “professional writer” you clearly didnt put much thought into your comment. Pretty sure he was that child left behind that George Bush used to always talk about.

  5. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Probably not a big deal, but not something you want to hear from your 3rd overall pick

  6. sportsnut101 - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Welcome to nba. Please don’t be the next Ron mercer Same game

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