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2013 NBA Draft – #3: Otto Porter
Posted By Derek Page On June 27, 2013 @ 11:00 pm In Main Page,NBA Draft | No Comments
With the third overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards selected Georgetown’s Otto Porter.
Last season, his sophomore year with the Hoyas, Porter averaged 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest while shooting over 48 percent from the field. A Washington D.C. product coming from the Hoyas, Porter certainly won’t have to go far in his transition to the Wizards.
“It’s amazing not to have to move anywhere,” Porter said after his selection. “It’s a dream come true to get drafted, and then getting a chance to play in D.C., where I played two years in college. It’s a true blessing.”
Porter is a solid all-around player with a well-rounded skill-set to go along with the prototypical size at the forward position that teams salivate over. With John Wall in place as the future at point guard and Bradley Beal at the two, Porter will join his two young teammates as the foundation for the future in Washington.
“I feel like I can come in and give a lot of energy right off the bat,” Porter said. “Give them that lift that they need, be that glue guy that brings the team together. And come to work hard and have a winning mentality the whole time.
“I feel like I am 100% ready. I feel like my game can translate to the next level a lot easier as the rest of them because I’m very versatile. I can do many things on the court offensively and defensively. And just to bring it to the next level, the transition, it’s still going to be tough. But I think it’s going to be the best transition.”
The Wizards will look to Porter to solidify the small forward position, filling a clear need at the position. Many feel that Porter is the best three in the draft and the 20-year-old could be a starter early in his rookie season for the Wizards. This is true especially considering starter Martell Webster will be a free agent while Trevor Ariza will have the ability to opt out of his deal next season and hit the market as well.
Washington continues it’s rebuilding plan by adding a quality all-around player that will be key in this team’s evolution moving forward.
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