Only when the Wizards went with a smaller lineup during the postseason did Otto Porter get the time and flourish after a regular season in which he was hit or miss. It was either Porter or Paul Pierce at small forward, but when the Wizards swept the Toronto Raptors in the first round and pushed the Atlanta Hawks to six in the next, it was with both. Porter grew more assertive and efficient on both ends of the floor.
The stats: 6.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 45% shooting.
The improvements: Porter's three-point shooting was sub-par until the postseason when he improved on his 31.2% career average to 37.5%. He averaged 10 points and eight rebounds in 10 playoff games. Porter always was in the right position defensively and helped Bradley Beal contain DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Korver with his 6-8 frame. He moved well without the ball, filled the lane, ran the floor and his rotations to assist post players was important.
The next step: Part of this depends on if Pierce returns and if not who is the replacement. Even if Porter comes off the bench again, he could be in line for starters' minutes like he did in the postseason when he averaged 33.
2014-15 grade: C+.
2015-16 outlook: To be able to contribute at a high level for 82 games, Porter has to put on weight and get physically stronger. His time shouldn't be as sporadic as long as he looks more for his shot and keeps focus.