This pick comes as no surprise, as Porter has been the favorite to go third ever since the draft order was revealed. In Porter, Washington is getting perhaps the most NBA-ready prospect. But being that Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld had previously said that no impact players were present in this draft, that isn’t saying very much.
I could vent, once again, that Grunfeld blew another draft pick — you have to take Nerlens Noel — but the reality is Porter, barring a trade, is the player Washington settled on.
With that said, let’s examine what type of impact Porter will have next season and the seasons to come.
As the roster currently stands, there is no way Porter is cracking Washington’s starting five. Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster — assuming he is resigned — are currently manning the small forward spot for Washington. Seeing how Webster’s sharp shooting opened up the floor for John Wall to dominate late last season, Porter will be starting games on the sidelines.
Still, with very few scoring options on Washington’s bench, Porter will be the focal point of Washington’s reserve unit. This is a role that can suit Porter well until he finds a niche in the league. His ability to do everything well — but nothing great, which is why he won’t start — can give Washington options in who they find to fill out their bench.
If Porter can work on his jump shot and become a consistent three-point threat, he can develop into a starting forward for a championship contender in the mold of Shane Battier. If not, Porter is a Boris Diaw type — minus the rotundness — who can facilitate the offense as a point forward on the reserve unit.
I can easily see Porter averaging nine points, four rebounds and three assists per game as Washington’s co-sixth man –with Ariza. He’s not exactly what you want from the third pick in the draft, but it could be worse. He could turn out like famed bust Jan Vesely