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From a summer league perspective, Otto Porter is already ahead of Martell Webster in one aspect: coaching, as in having one.
"It was crazy. My first year playing in summer league, we didn't even have a head coach," said Webster, who played for Portland straight out of high school after the Trail Blazers drafted him sixth overall. "We didn't even know what was going on. Everything was just discombobulated from the jump. And I'm just coming from high school like, 'Is this how it works? We don't have coaches when we go out and play. I guess we just figure out our own stuff?'"
Even with Wizards' assistant coaches Sam Cassell and Don Newman there for guidance during the upcoming Las Vegas Summer League, nobody expects Porter to figure out all aspects the NBA game immediately or be anywhere in the vicinity of perfect. Same goes for the start of the 2013-14 regular season.
The key, according to Webster is for Porter to understand this concept.
"There are only a number of players that have come into the league and gotten it right off the bat: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, guys like that that are really young and get it," said Webster, who based on the current roster will share minutes on the wing and behind Bradley Beal with Porter and Trevor Ariza.
"We expect for [Otto] to be a rookie. He's going to make mistakes. You need to make mistakes in order to learn from them. In order to learn the game the right way you need to make tons of mistakes. Not to necessarily go out there and mess up all the time, but just understand if you do it's not a big deal. It's all part of the learning curve."
Based on initial observations, including during the Wizards open practice and scrimmage Tuesday night, Webster believes the former Georgetown star is quickly learning this lesson.
'I can tell that he's embraced that," Webster said. "Just by watching him play, seeing how he observes the court, that's just his nature is to kind of figure things out first before he tries to dive into it 100 percent. I think that's going to benefit him in the long run. It's going to be a learning year for him, unlike anything he's ever done before.
"So just enjoy it for what it's worth. Be a rookie, know that you're going to make those mistakes, have those players around you that are going to help you learn from them. That's the most important thing."
Eventually Webster, part of the last class of high school players that went straight to the NBA, figured out the situation.
After watching the reigning Big East Player of the Year, Webster also a strong grasp of the rookie's game.
"I can tell with Otto that he's a player that likes to let the game come to him, which is important especially being young coming into this league," Webster said. "Not forcing anything, but also finding his opportunities to be aggressive. Right now he's just being a sponge, trying to soak up as much as he can. Right now it's just a learning process coming from college into the NBA. The shot clock is a little bit different, the style of play is a little bit different. You can see he has open mind and is just trying to learn as much as he can."
Having a coach helps the learning process.