Welcome home: Porter pumped to be a Wizard
The Wizards broke the mold and went with the safe, expected and probably smart pick Thursday, taking small forward Otto Porter from Georgetown at No. 3 overall in the NBA draft.
While Porter was the popular pick because of his local ties, he was considered the best player available by team president Ernie Grunfeld, who passed on selecting centers Alex Len (Maryland) and Nerlens Noel (Kentucky) even though the Wizards desperately need more size inside.
The Wizards also need coring. Porter doesn't address the size issue, and it’s questionable if he’ll be a scorer in the true sense. But he is considered to be a two-way player, and his ability to defend the swing position -- the most toughest spot in the NBA because that’s where the best players, such as LeBron James of the Miami Heat roam -- increased his stock.
Porter, Big East player of the Year, is a 6-8 small forward. He averaged 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 48% shooting.
"It's amazing not to move anywhere, but hey it's just a blessing," Porter told ESPN after he was selected.
The Wizards had the eighth-best scoring defense in the NBA last season despite being 29-53 and missing the postseason for the fifth year in a row.
They only averaged 93.2 points per game as an offense which put them last in the league.
The Cleveland Cavaliers shocked everyone by taking Anthony Bennett (UNLV) with the first overall pick. The Wizards were interested in Bennett, who interviewed with them leading up to the draft.
The Orlando Magic surprisingly took Victor Oladipo (Indiana) second even though their greatest need is at point guard. Oladipo declined an interview request from the Wizards and the they declined to go watch him train at his high school of DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Md.