With the third overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards selected Otto Porter Jr. Porter had two strong years at Georgetown University before deciding to enter the draft. During his time as a Hoyas player, he averaged 12.8 PPG, 7.1 RPG and 2.1 APG. Porter was already a hometown favorite before the Wizards drafted him.
Unfortunately, his NBA career has been slow to start. Porter has played in 18 games this season and he is currently averaging 10 minutes per game when he plays. Washington has played 40 games so far this season, so Porter has spent a lot of time watching. He’s averaging 1.8 PPG, 1.5 RPG and 0.4 APG. This slow start could be due to a hip injury he suffered, but I believe the Wizards should send him to the D-League so he can mature and get up to speed with the game of basketball.
He needs to get on the hardwood, get up shots and get comfortable coming back from injury and playing in a harder league. Otto has only taken about 45 shots this seasons and looks nowhere near finding his rhythm. The Wizards should assign him to their D-League affiliate, the Iowa Energy.
Porter was a great ball player at Georgetown, and it would be nice to see him play well again. Many franchises have utilized the D-League to develop players. According to NBA.com, 30 percent of all NBA players on the 2012-13 end-of-season rosters had played in the D-League during their careers. Some notable D-League calls-up are Jeremy Lin, Danny Green and Chris Andersen.
The D-League has helped talent grow over the years, it is time for Washington to utilize one of the tools the NBA has given them to help Porter reach his potential.