2013 NBA Draft: Should Washington Wizards Use No. 3 Pick on Otto Porter Jr. or Anthony Bennett?

By Paul Seaver
Howard Smith-USA Today Sports

With the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards select…

Well, that’s the big question right now and with draft night still three weeks away, there is plenty of time for the Wizards to mull over the best fit for their franchise. Washington has used the draft in recent years to build a youthful back court with the likes of both John Wall and 2012 top five selection, Bradley Beal.

So, the question heading into 2013 is whether or not the Wizards should opt for a stretch forward like Anthony Bennett or bolster that perimeter potential with the likes of 6-foot-8 small forward, Otto Porter Jr.?

It’s a tough spot to be in, but one that the Wizards are fortunate enough to have earned (if you call it that) via the NBA Draft Lottery. Prior to the lottery, the Wizards weren’t even in the top five, but now they will likely have the option to choose between either of these two top talents. Of course, this is assuming that Nerlens Noel is off the board at No. 1 and either Victor Oladipo or Ben McLemore goes at No. 2, but the Wizards probably wouldn’t be interested in Oladipo or McLemore anyway, given their selection of Beal a year ago.

So, who’s the better option — Porter or Bennett?

Well, Wall wants the Wizards to select Bennett or so he’s basically suggested within the past week. Bennett would surely open up the offense through more screen action and allow Wall to be even more dangerous in the half court. Porter on the other hand, gives the Wizards quite the back court potential for the future and he can be just as valuable without the basketball in his hands.

Washington can’t really go wrong with this selection here, it’s just a matter of who they feel would be the better impact performer.

My vote — Otto Porter Jr.


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