If he’s available by the time their number is up, the Pistons wouldn’t mind picking up Otto Porter Jr., who has also impressed Monroe from working out with him during the summer. Porter doesn’t give the Pistons that explosive scorer they would like to get in the draft or via free agency, but he provides good production at 6-foot-8. He was a consensus All-American after averaging 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds a game to lead the Hoyas in both categories.
Porter finished second behind Trey Burke of Michigan as Associated Press Player of the Year. He showed his explosiveness in a 33-point performance against Syracuse and also had eight rebounds, five steals and five 3-pointers in that game.
He would obviously provide the Pistons with plenty of talent, and he’s the type of player who could probably average 30 minutes or more per game in the NBA. The problem with many rookies is they’re coming from college games that last only 40 minutes. With 48 minutes in the NBA, they need to play longer each game. Also, it’s an 82-game regular season schedule, not 36.
Otto Porter in a Pistons uniform? It sounds good, but this could be a midsummer night’s dream for the Pistons. They’re expected to draft seventh or eighth, and by that time, Porter might not be available. Only if they get lucky enough to select higher in the draft is the Porter possibility a reality.