(Sports Network) - It seems that the Washington Wizards may have found a
perfect fit with the third pick in the draft.
Otto Porter from Georgetown is a local guy and fits the Wizards' most glaring
need - a small forward.
With John Wall and Bradley Beal manning the backcourt, and veterans Emeka
Okafor and Nene up front, Porter is a natural small forward. He is NBA ready
with a versatile mid-range game and good basketball IQ.
Anthony Bennett of UNLV probably has a bigger upside, but he's a tweener.
Why not take the local, established guy?
Well, for one, it sounds like Wall isn't in love with the small-forward idea.
"I feel like we need a four man that can pick and pop, so we'll just see," he
told Eric Detweiler of the Washington Post.
That sounds like a not so subtle plug for Bennett, who would fit what Wall
described very well.
Either Porter or Bennett could make the Wiz a fringe playoff candidate. When
Wall returned from injury, Washington was a tough team to beat. They believe
they can improve substantially immediately.
Bennett could become a star. Porter could become Washington's version of
Harrison Barnes in Golden State in that Porter could be solid, then emerge
into spectacular with some seasoning.
Players Under Contract: G: John Wall; G: Bradley Beal; F: Jan Vesely; C: Nene;
F: Kevin Seraphin; F; Chris Singleton; F; Trevor Booker; F/C: Emeka Okafor
(early termination option); F: Trevor Ariza (player option)
Free Agents: F: Martell Webster; G: Leandro Barbosa; C: Jason Collins; F:
Cartier Martin; G: A.J. Price; G: Garrett Temple (restricted)
Recent Draft History:
2012: Bradley Beal (3), Tomas Satoransky (32)
2011: Jan Vesely (6), Chris Singleton (18), Shelvin Mack (34)
2010: John Wall (1), Lazar Hayward (30(, Nemanja Bjelica (35)
2009: Jermaine Taylor (32)
2008: JaVale McGee (18), Bill Walker (47)
Draft picks: 1st round (3rd overall); 2nd round (38th overall, 54th overall)
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