Through the first two seasons of his career, Otto Porter Jr. was just taking up another roster spot and seat on the Washington bench, but that all changed with the arrival of Paul Pierce. Pierce mentored Porter throughout his one season with the Wizards, but the results did not show until Porter was sent into the starting lineup late into the season as starters rested. Now, the improvements are very evident.
Each year since he first entered the league, Porter has made steady improvements, but they are now helping his game go to another level.
In Washington’s win over the Milwaukee Bucks, Porter had what was likely the best game of his young NBA career. He scored 32 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, dished out 1 assist, and blocked 1 shot.
— WizardsTalk (@WizardsTalk) December 27, 2016
Porter is now averaging 14.1 points and 7.1 rebounds after his 30 starts this season. These may not be good enough to get him into the All-Star Game, but it’s exactly what the Wizards need out of the former Georgetown Hoya. With opposing teams locking in on John Wall and Bradley Beal, Porter is going to be the one left open behind the arc and on the wing.
With Porter giving the Wizards performances that would be very hard to replace, there has been a lot of talk about him receiving a max contract extension next season. This puts Washington in a hard place because they need him in order to compete in the Eastern Conference, but signing Porter to such a large contract would leave even less money for the depleted bench. His play has made his chances of receiving this extension a near guarantee.
— Wiz of Awes (@WizOfAwes) December 27, 2016
If Porter continues to work hard and improve each year, he’s going to be a 20-point per game scorer within the next 3 seasons and will make an all-star game appearance within the next 5. He’s not quite to either of those stages of his career, but he is reaching it.
Porter is now a vital member of the Wizards organization, and is going to be a key piece in helping Washington compete for a title in the years to come. The same production he gave last night is exactly what the team needs as they continue to fight for a playoff berth.