Four Quarters: Porter's Peers

Four Quarters: Porter's Peers
November 29, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Because local NBA interest isn't limited to all-things Wizards, we'll take a regular look at different subsets of players - "Four Quarters," as it were - throughout the league throughout the season...

Exes - Former Wizards playing elsewhere in the Association; listed in current order of curiosity for this season

Emeka Okafor (Suns), Caron Butler* (Bucks), Nick Young (Lakers), Jordan Crawford (Celtics), A.J. Price (Timberwolves), Cartier Martin (Hawks), JaVale McGee (Nuggets), Mike James (Bulls), Roger Mason Jr.(Heat), Shaun Livingston (Nets), Antawn Jamison (Clippers), Kirk Hinrich (Bulls), Shelvin Mack (Hawks), Mike Miller (Grizzlies), Randy Foye (Nuggets), Alonso Gee (Cavaliers), Brendan Haywood (Bobcats), Rashard Lewis (Heat), Hamady Ndiaye (Kings), Ronnie Turiaf (Timberwolves), Jannero Pargo (Bobcats), Andray Blatche (Nets) 

* Mr. Martin and the Hawks come to the Verizon Center on Saturday night for the first of four meetings with their Southeast division rivals. It also marks the ex-Wizard's first appearance versus the team he spent all or parts of the last four seasons. At a basic level, the swingman is doing what he does: taking and making 3-pointers. Martin is shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc, matching his career-high. The one difference from last season is playing time. Martin has participated in all if Atlanta's 16 games, averaging 20 minutes. Starting in place of the injured Kyle Korver at Houston on Wednesday, Martin scored 14 points on four 3's in 33 minutes. Now we get to see how he fires off those shots against former teammates Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza. 

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College kids - We knew them at... 

Georgetown - Otto Porter ( Wizards), Jeff Green (Celtics), Roy Hibbert (Pacers), Greg Monroe* (Pistons), Henry Sims (Cavaliers), Hollis Thompson (76ers)

Maryland - Steve Blake (Lakers), Alex Len (Suns), Greivis Vasquez (Kings)

Virginia - Mike Scott (Hawks)

Towson - Gary Neal (Bucks)

Old Dominion - Kent Bazemore (Warriors)

VCU - Larry Sanders (Bucks)

Norfolk State - Kyle O'Quinn (Magic)

*In honor of Wizards rookie Otto Porter's return to practice this week, the remaining sections will look how at how others in his 2013 draft class are faring. That group includes the 7-foot-1 Len, who was a riskier option back in June because of surgeries on both ankles. Yet while Porter sat out with a hip flexor, the agile big man played eight minutes in the Phoenix Suns' opener and 13 minutes the following game. Since then, the ankles, specifically soreness in the left one, has limited Len to just two appearances, 10 minutes total. Sounds like he's shown flashes of basketball goodness in those brief appearances, but alas, his appearances in the NBA so far have been brief. 

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Beltway Boys - DMV natives in the NBA; listed in current order of curiosity for this season

Kevin Durant* (Thunder), Victor Oladipo (Magic), Michael Beasley (Heat), Carmelo Anthony (Knicks), Rudy Gay (Raptors),  Jarrett Jack (Cavaliers), Ty Lawson (Nuggets), Thomas Robinson (Blazers), Will Barton (Blazers), Keith Bogans (Celtics) 

*Oladipo, the No. 2 overall pick in 2013, is averaging 13.1 points as of Friday, one of two rookies scoring in double figures. He ranks second in scoring, minutes, steals and third in steals. The former DeMatha product returns home on Monday when the Magic visit. The Wizards would be wise to avoid letting the high-riser do this. 

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Those who were never actually Wizards but at some point there were rumor or reality reasons why folks sincerely imagined "what if" (If you know the Wizards, you know how to connect the dots. Listed in order of infatuation intensity, current and historic) 

Kawhi Leonard (Spurs), Stephen Curry (Warriors), Ricky Rubio (Timberwolves), DeMarcus Cousins (Kings), Klay Thompson* (Warriors), James Harden (Rockets), Anthony Bennett (Cavaliers), Victor Oladipo (Magic), DeJuan Blair (Mavericks), Kennett Faried (Nuggets), Ben McLemore (Kings), Ersan Ilyasova (Bucks), Nerlens Noel (76ers), Alex Len (Suns), Derrick Williams (Timberwolves), Omer Asik (Rockets), Enes Kanter (Jazz), Draymond Green (Warriors), Harrison Barnes (Warriors), Shabazz Muhammad (Timberwolves), Kelly Olynyk (Celtics), Nate Robinson (Nuggets), Tyson Chandler (Knicks), Devin Harris (Mavericks). 

* Remember when the No. 1 overall selection started the season 0 for 15 from the field. Well, Bennett's been a little better since though talk about a low bar. He's made 9 of 27 attempts, including 4 of 5 late in a blowout loss against the Spurs on November 23. Yet the next game he received a DNP, Bennett's fourth this season. The Cavs roster has other power forward options and the former UNLV product is still working his way back into game shape after missing most of the offseason following shoulder surgery.