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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: What is the next step in Otto Porter's development?

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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: What is the next step in Otto Porter's development?

As part of CSN's preview for the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we preview Otto Porter's season...

Player: Otto Porter

Position: Small forward

Age: 24

2016-17 stats: 80 G, 32.6 mpg, 13.4 ppg, 1.5 apg, 6.4 rpg, 1.5 spg, 0.5 bpg, 51.6 FG%, 43.4 3P%, 83.2 FT%, 60.8 eFG%, 129 ORtg, 108 DRtg

2017-18 storyline: Porter is set to experience something his teammates John Wall and Bradley Beal know quite well. This summer he received a max contract, one that paid him a lot of money for what the Wizards hope and expect him to become. Like Wall and Beal before him, it's up to Porter to keep getting better and give the Wizards a return on their investment. In the first seasons of their max contracts, Wall and Beal took major leaps, making the Wizards look very smart. If Porter can do the same, the Wizards will be in an enviable spot.

Porter had a breakout season of sorts in 2016-17, as he finished second in the league in offensive rating, fourth in the NBA in three-point percentage and fifth in effective field goal percentage. Porter was the most efficient Wizards player, but there remains plenty of room to grow in his game on both ends of the floor.


In the press conference for his four-year, $106 million deal, Porter highlighted specific areas he hopes to improve. He wants to have a better handle for creating his own shot and getting to the rim. And he wants to add muscle to be able to guard bigger players so the Wizards can continue developing small-ball lineups. 

Both of those ideas sound great for the Wizards. The more he can do to take pressure off of Wall and Beal on the offensive end, the better. And now that Porter has put up the three-point numbers he did in 2016-17, he will likely need to diversify his attack to stay ahead of opponents. Defensively, the more versatility he has, the more the Wizards can play him and Kelly Oubre together. Last season the Wizards found success with Wall, Beal, Porter and Oubre on the floor together, as a foursome that could easily switch from position to position. Porter is arguably the best candidate of that group to prevent breakdowns with bigger and stronger fours.

One other area to watch out for with Porter is his passing. So far in his NBA career, he has posted modest assist numbers largely due to his role in the offense. But Porter is an underrated passer and it would not be a surprise if the Wizards ultimately started running more offense through him to highlight his ability to set up others. 

Potential to improve: Ball-handling, defensive versatility, passing.


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The NBA wants to end the one-and-done rule and the timing is right

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The NBA wants to end the one-and-done rule and the timing is right

The NBA is building momentum towards a significant change in their draft entry rules. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken about his preference to change the so-called one-and-done rule and on Thursday he met with the newly created Commission on College Basketball in Washington, D.C. to discuss the subject.

The meeting was first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who says the league could once again let high school players be drafted. The compromise could be a rule requiring those who go to college to stay for at least two years. That would be similar to Major League Baseball, which stipulates three years of college.

Would a similar rule be a good idea for the NBA? While the players' union would like the option to go straight from high school, there was a reason the one-and-done rule was implemented in the 2006 collective bargaining agreement. The perception back then was that players left for the NBA too early and many flamed out because of it. The thought was that some players would have had better careers if they were older and more experienced when they became professionals.


Darius Miles, Kwame Brown, Eddy Curry and Sebastian Telfair are notorious cases of draft busts who came out of high school. Many wondered if those guys would have been better off with a year in college to adjust to life on their own and with an intermediary step up in competition.

But there are important differences in the NBA's structure nowadays. Now there is a robust minor league system with G-League affiliates all over the country. There are also two-way contracts, allowing teams to pay more money to a prospect and have more flexibility in bringing them up to the NBA. Players don't have to adjust as quickly as they used to.

The G-League is going to continue to expand and the perception keeps changing. Now, it is more common to see players have a stint in the G-League either for development purposes or injury rehabilitation. Player development of baseball players is different, but the MLB's well-established minor league system is the reason why their rule allowing high school players to go pro really works.

The one year in college under the one-and-done rule, however, does have some positives. Most notably, it allows NBA teams to get a better read on draft prospects. Instead of evaluating guys exclusively in high school and AAU, they get to see them play in the ACC, SEC and other big college conferences.

NBA front offices may be hurt by it, but the time is right to go back to high school players entering the pros. Things are much different than they were in 2006 and the league can handle it. Ending the one-and-done rule would be better for the players and it should also make a lot of college basketball fans happy.

That is the good of what the NBA is considering, however, the rule requiring two years of college should not be part of the equation. If the NBA wants to grant some freedom, then actually do it. Some players may need just one year of college and nothing more. Don't punish them for it.

The two-year requirement seems like a very bad idea, but it could be part of the deal. Either way, it seems like the one-and-done rule could come to an end sooner than later and it's for the best.


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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Miami Heat

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Miami Heat

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 91-88 loss to the Miami Heat on Friday night at Capital One Arena...

1. The first half didn't feature many highlights for the Wizards, as they managed just 29 points in what was their worst half of the season so far. This play, though, was nice.

Mike Scott hit a buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter:

Scott had only four points in nine minutes.


2. The Wizards had a special guest in attendance. Nationals ace Max Scherzer showed up and was nice enough to join Chris Miller on the NBC Sports Washington broadcast.

This particular part of the interview was funny. Scherzer was asked who would be the best basketball player on the Nats and who would play the dirtiest. Scherzer was honest:

3. The Wizards were down by as many as 25 points, but they made it a game in large part due to Bradley Beal catching fire in the second half. He hit three threes in the third quarter, including this one:

Beal finished with a game-high 26 points.

4. John Wall (eight points) didn't hit his first shot until there was just 5:25 left in the fourth quarter. But his first shot was a big one, a timely three that helped key the WIzards' comeback charge:

5. Wall would hit another three soon after that:

The Wizards had a final shot attempt, but Beal's stepback jumper rimmed out. They are 9-6 on the season with the Raptors up next.