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Is Otto Porter, Jr. On Orlando’s Radar?

2013 June 4
by Andrew Melnick

otto porterAnother player the Orlando Magic could select in this month’s NBA Draft is Georgetown wing Otto Porter, Jr. Porter, who spent two years at Georgetown, is a consensus top five pick and is often connected with the Washington Wizards, who have the third pick in the draft.

(We’ve already taken a look at Oklahoma State guard Marcus SmartKansas guard Ben McLemore,  Michigan guard Trey BurkeKentucky Center Nerlens Noel. and Indiana wing Victor Oladipo.)

The first thing that should stick out to you about Porter is his tremendous size.  At the combine, Porter measured in with a height of 6’8.5, a weight of 198 lbs. and a wingspan of 7’1.5 (You can see more measurements from last month’s combine here).

Porter led Georgetown to a 25-6 record and a ranking of eighth in each of the two polls before the NCAA tournament began. That was good enough to earn the Hoyas a second seed in the NCAA tournament. Despite a fantastic season, Porter’s Hoyas were upset by Florida Gulf Coast in the first round (Florida Gulf Coast also defeated San Diego State in the second round before being eliminated by Florida in the Sweet 16).

Porter’s college coach, John Thompson III, recently called Porter “by far the best player in this draft.”

Although Porter does have great size, unlike some of the other players at the top of most draft boards, Porter isn’t a fantastic athlete.

“Not a particularly quick or explosive athlete, and also lacking significant strength, Porter struggles to blow by opponents in half-court situations purely using his first step,” writes Jonathan Givony of Draft Express. “He’s not an exceptionally creative ball-handler, showing just average ability to change speeds and directions with the ball, and not getting very low to the ground with his dribble which makes it difficult for him to get all the way to the rim against a set defense. His lack of bulk and average leaping ability hampers him as a finisher around the basket in traffic, especially over length.”

After the jump, you can take a look at Porter’s numbers from the 2012-13 season.

31/31  35.4 27.3  16.2 7.5 54.1 59.0 77.7
0.9 13.2 18.5 10.0 3.3 7.2 85.0 122.3

When you take a look at Porter’s numbers, you’ll notice the dramatic improvement he made offensively. He upped his scoring average from 9.7 to 16.2 points per game from his freshman to sophomore season and perhaps most importantly, raised his three-point percentage from 22.6% to 42.2%. Consistently knocking down a three-pointer, which will be difficult at the NBA level, will be a key for Porter. However, Porter’s improvement over the last year makes you think he will become a capable NBA shooter.

Porter became the focal point of the Hoyas during his sophomore season and handled it very well. His usage went up from 17.4% to 24.1% and Porter managed to raise to true shooting from 57.8% to 59.0% and lowered his turnover rate from 12.0% to 10.0%.

“When the ball isn’t in his hands, Porter is seemingly just as effective,” writes Givony. “He moves off the ball exceptionally well, showing terrific understanding of spacing, timing and angles, cutting to the basket at exactly the right moment to get himself an open layup, or flashing to the perimeter to subtly draw defenders away from the rim. The time he’s spent in Georgetown’s Princeton-style motion offense will certainly will help him down the road in terms of his understanding of the game, particularly if he lands in a team that runs a disciplined half-court offense.”

Porter could develop into the type of player you can throw on big time scorers and rely on to knock down three-pointers, which is very important in the league these days.

Porter looks like an excellent prospect, but the big question is how he would fit in with the Magic. Porter projects as a small forward, where the Magic started promising rookie Maurice Harkless last season. He also played power forward at times and the Magic also have an excellent prospect that is already a Three/Four tweener in Tobias Harris. The Magic are probably better of grabbing a wing who can play next to Harkless like Kansas’s Ben McLemore or possibly Indiana’s Victor Oladipo or a point guard like Michigan’s Trey Burke. That is, of course unless Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel is available.

Mock Drafts:

Draft Express:
Porter Pick: Third overall to Washington
Magic Pick: Kansas guard Ben McLemore

NBA Draft.Net
Porter Pick: Third overall to Washington
Magic Pick: Kentucky center Nerlens Noel

Hoops World:
Porter Pick: First overall to Cleveland
Magic Pick: Indiana forward Victor Oladipo

ESPN (Chad Ford):
Porter Pick: Third overall to Washington
Magic Pick: Indiana Victor Oladipo

CBS (Jeff Goodman):
Porter Pick: Third overall to Washington
Magic Pick: Kansas guard Ben McLemore

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  1. Victor permalink
    June 4, 2013

    I like him more than B-Mac

  2. Andrew Melnick permalink
    June 5, 2013

    What about Oladipo?

  3. Victor permalink
    June 5, 2013

    And more than Oladipo

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