The Washington Wizards played it safe this evening, selecting nearby Georgetown forward Otto Porter with the third overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft. This pick had been predicted for a while — it just made too much sense. Porter is a lengthy small forward, standing 6’9″ with tremendous length. He fills a gaping hole for the franchise at the small forward position.
I really like this pick for the Wizards. They have their backcourt set with point guard John Wall and shooting guard Bradley Beal. That is a tremendous foundation not only for the present, but for the future as well. The selection of Porter fills a number of different needs for the organization going forward. He does not need the ball in his hand, a beauty considering this day and age and how so many players need the ball in their hands to be effective.
I was a little surprised that the Wizards decided to pass on Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel simply because Noel probably has the higher upside. The Wizards clearly felt that Porter would fit well with their current roster. He probably doesn’t have the upside of an All-Star caliber player, but selecting a guy who could have a Shane Battier type career is not a bad pick by any means. This selection still makes you wonder why the organization ever decided to take on Trevor Ariza‘s contract last season. Porter will be given every chance to start immediately and there probably will not be a better fit between team and player all night.
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