After the 2013 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards found themselves in a tremendous position. To most experts, it panned out just the way Washington had planned. Grabbing Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr. with the third overall pick seemed to be in the making for quite some time, and that’s exactly how it played out.
Porter comes into a franchise that has been amidst a constant rebuilding for the past few years, but soon that rebuilding will turn into playoff contention.
With so many teams these days claiming to have a ‘big three’ like the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics or San Antonio Spurs, the Wizards have taken to that same exact strategy — except they are doing it the old-fashioned way.
Building through the draft, the Wizards have done a fantastic job getting themselves young and talented pieces that are finally looking to come together and form a playoff squad. Point guard John Wall is just 22 years old still. Both shooting guard Bradley Beal and Porter are 20 years old alike.
There is no doubt that Wall is one of the most athletic and talented guys in the NBA. When he puts it all together, he is one of the best there is. While that has been tough to come by early on in his career, last season after getting healthy he finally showed that he can be what everyone thought he was out of college — a superstar.
Beal’s rookie season was phenomenal up until he missed the final couple of weeks due to injury which he is now almost recovered from. He put up 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and about a steal per game. Beal also shot a pretty decent 38.6 percent from outside the arc. For a rookie, that’s more than you could have asked for.
Coming into the league, Porter is riding a season in which he enjoyed success — if not excelled — in just about every category across the stat line. The 6’8” forward can score, rebound and play defense. He stole the ball regularly and typically blocked a shot every game. He remains one of the few guys as close to a sure thing out of this year’s draft prospects.
Imagine for a second five years down the road. Still young at 27 and 25 years old, these three could have formed a tight-knit bond and could be one of the best 1-3 lineups in all of basketball. Of course with Beal entering only his second season and Porter being a rookie, it could be just a bit too soon to predict a dynasty.
As a Wizards fan though, you have to be excited about the future of the franchise. If the three of these guys can continue to improve their game as individuals and as teammates, there is no telling what they could do together.