Prospect Profile is an ongoing series on King James Gospel that looks at 2013 NBA Draft prospects.
Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown, SO, 6’9”
Despite a disappointing showing in the NCAA tournament this past season, Otto Porter had an excellent all-around season for Georgetown, providing the Hoyas with production in a number of areas, leading them in points, rebounds, and steals. He also had a very nice 1.79 assist-to-turnover ratio, comparable to what Kyrie Irving averaged this season in the NBA. He’s got the body (7’1” wingspan) for the small forward position and could fill many teams’ needs for an aggressive and versatile wing defender to cover players like LeBron, Durant, Paul George, and Carmelo.
Offensively, Porter’s skill levels vary, as he showed a much-improved touch from beyond the arc in his sophomore season at Georgetown, while his 2 point percentage dropped almost as much as his 3 point percentage improved. His mechanics looked better, which is also reflected in his improved free throw shooting, but he struggled with creating good shots for himself. He’s not particularly quick, and doesn’t have very advanced footwork that would allow for more creative ball handling. He also isn’t very bulky (coming in at just around 200 pounds) or explosive, preventing him from being a great finisher around the rim.
This isn’t to say, however, that he has no offensive value. He’s a great passer, operating as a point forward for much of the Hoyas’ season and read defensive sets really well for a player of his size. He was also effective off the ball, with most of his points coming off of cuts and post ups. He’ll never be a primary offensive option and can be easily defended if his jumper stops falling, but he should be an effective offensive player in the NBA nonetheless.
All this said, his real value lies on the defensive end of the floor. He’s long enough to cover any small forward capably, and can switch onto guards easily. He has great instincts and defends aggressively every possession, which helped make up for the fact that he doesn’t have great lateral quickness. Transitioning into the NBA, he’ll need to add more bulk to his frame to stop more athletic forwards, as his length, aggression, and instincts alone won’t be enough to make him a great defender.
While Porter is polished and skilled enough to fit in on any team, the best (and most probable) fit for him is likely staying in Washington with the Wizards, joining John Wall and Bradley Beal to form a young and talented core that would almost certainly bring the Wizards back to the playoffs as early as this season.
Projected Pick: Third Overall, Washington Wizards