Welcome BACK to D.C., Otto!
Despite all the shock waves surrounding the NBA Draft this year, the Washington Wizards were still able to pull off the selection they had coveted all scout season long, grabbing the ex-Hoya with the number 3 overall pick.
“They brought me there to help the organization win. And that’s what I’m going to do..” Porter’s personality should fit well with the new Wizards movement, which is already comprised of two other young studs in John Wall and Bradley Beal.
Will this be the new “Big 3” in DC? Perhaps so, as it remains to be seen whether or not the versatility Otto takes pride in will mesh with the Wizards’ uptempo style of play. Porter was asked on Wednesday before the draft how he feels playing alongside Wall and Beal.
“We’d be a decent team with John penetrating, me and Brad spotting up, opening up the court more.”
At least he has some idea what it takes to excel in John’s offense. The pick certainly provides flexibility for a popular SF position with Otto possibly joining Trevor Ariza (if not traded) and possibly Martell Webster (if resigned). Porter’s tremendous upside should acclimate him under the guidance of Ariza and Webster, who combined have a solid foundation of defense, scoring and leadership.
Later in the draft, the Wizards shipped off their two second round picks to Philadelphia for Glen Rice, Jr. The Wizards front office had mentioned several times before the draft that they had no intention of entering training camp with three rookies on the roster. Rice played in the D-League last season, after originally being enrolled at Georgia Tech.
As for the rest of the draft, well, it was wild. Simply wild. The melodrama, the hoopla, the uncertainty, and the downright craziness leading up to Cleveland’s pick was all types of entertaining, but it certainly didn’t stop just there.
The months of speculation, projections and rumors fittingly came to a halt with a shocker of an announcement by David Stern, when he called out Anthony Bennett’s name as the first overall pick, leaving the Barclay’s Center and fans all around stunned. While Bennett was a solidified top 5 pick, he was rarely, if ever, mentioned as the potential top pick. The names most linked to the Cavs as picks were Nerlens Noel, and more recently Alex Len.
So with Bennett going first, Victor Oladipo to the Magic, and Otto going to DC, it looked like Nerlens Noel was a sure lock for Michael Jordan and company in Charlotte, right? No? Wait Cody Zeller’s going next?! Wow Nerlens must be PISSED. And we knew he’s not going to Phoenix either, they were seeking Alex Len. After finally being selected by the Pelicans at number 6, Noel was soon shipped off to Philly for Jrue Holiday. Philly also picked Michael Carter-Williams with the 11th pick, so not a bad outing for them at all this year.
With all the early pre-draft talk being about how lackluster the talent level was and the fact that the safest pick was the best pick, the brain twister and uncertainty that it was all absorbed in made this draft one of the more memorable ones for years to come.
So here’s to getting closer at reaching basketball relevance, Ernie. We trust you’ve served us well.