Work ethic the key to Porter's success
Otto Porter showed up a few minutes late Friday, but as far as the Wizards are concerned he’s right on time.
Porter was introduced at a news conference at Verizon Center the day after he was taken No. 3 overall from Georgetown.
He was short on words, but acknowledged he had no problem having to come off the bench for coach Randy Wittman’s team if necessary.
“He’s going to determine that,” Wittman said of the 6-8 small forward, who was Big East Player of the Year after his sophomore season. “Players determine that, as we sat here a year ago with Bradley Beal. This is a big step for Otto. … This is a whole other level and adjustment period as it was for Bradley as it was for John (Wall) as it was for all young guy that come in our league. He’s got to show how quick that adjustment is and you go from there. I don’t want him to worry about what that adjustment period is. That’s going to take care of itself.”
Porter, noted for his defensive prowess and guard multiple perimeter positions. He'll make about $4 million on the rookie salary scale.
“I’m just going to work for it,” Porter said. “I don’t want anything given to me. I come from where I have to work for what I have.”
Last season, Martell Webster started at small forward for 62 games. Webster told CSN Washington earlier Friday that if the Wizards weren't to re-sign him that he’d understand. Webster is a free agent.
Trevor Ariza as the first forward behind the bench after Webster and is regarded as the team’s best one-on-one defender. He recently opted in the final year of his deal with the Wizards.
Porter's college coach, John Thompson III, was on hand for the event.
"He's come a long way. One of the reasons that that happened, it is part of how he was prepared but it's his willingness to learn, his willingness to listen," Thompson said. "His willingness to be taught and coached. He'll do what you tell him to do. He'll do what you show him to do. ... He's not going to make the same mistake twice."