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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.

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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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NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes reveals his 2018 NBA All-Star ballot

NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes reveals his 2018 NBA All-Star ballot

The 2018 NBA All-Star starters have been announced with few surprises based on the previous updates we saw from fan voting, which account for 50 percent of the equation. The other 50 percent is split by players and media.

I had the honor of filling out one of the media ballots before the Jan. 15 deadline and in interest of transparency, here is how I voted with some brief reasoning for why:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

G Kyrie Irving, Celtics

Irving is the best player on the top team in the conference. He is scoring like he always has, but is now expanding his game under coach Brad Stevens.

G Bradley Beal, Wizards

Beal has turned into one of the best scorers in the NBA and now does so many more things. It wasn't an easy pick between him, DeMar DeRozan, John Wall and Victor Oladipo, but Beal has been so valuable to the Wizards this season with Wall missing extended time that he got the nod.

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F LeBron James, Cavs

LeBron remains the best player in basketball and is having one of his best seasons at the age of 33. It's incredible to watch and he is deserving of the most votes.

F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

Giannis is a bonafide star and is among the most versatile players in the NBA with how he can affect the game on both ends of the floor. Even without a three-point shot, he's completely unstoppable on offense.

F Joel Embiid, Sixers

Embiid is proving he can stay on the court (for the most part) and is putting up crazy numbers. Kristaps Porzingis and others got consideration for this spot, but Embiid edged them out with his rebounding.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE

G Russell Westbrook, Thunder

His scoring is down from last season, but Westbrook tops the NBA in assists per game and things are starting to click in Oklahoma City with him leading the way.

G James Harden, Rockets

The NBA's leading scorer, Harden is still putting up insane numbers despite co-existing with another star guard in Chris Paul. And the Rockets are really, really good.

F Kevin Durant, Warriors

The best player on the league's best team, Durant is currently fifth in points per game and tied for third in blocks. He is incredibly efficient and does so many things well.

F Anthony Davis, Pelicans

Davis continues to put up impressive numbers, but he's now more efficent than ever. The Pelicans are currently sixth in the West, too.

F Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves

Towns has become almost underrated with all the attention placed on other young stars in the league, but he's as good as any of them. Big KAT has the T'Wolves on track to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

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2018 NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James, Steph Curry named captains; Wall and Beal miss cut for starters

2018 NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James, Steph Curry named captains; Wall and Beal miss cut for starters

The NBA announced the starters for next month's 2018 All-Star Game and once again LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was the top vote-getter.

Stephen Curry of the Warriors was second in votes, meaning he and James will serve as captains and pick teams for the Feb. 18 showcase.

Neither John Wall or Bradley Beal of the Wizards made the cut as starters, so they will have to hope to make it as reserves by NBA coaches. The full rosters are announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

For the starters, fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote with players and media each representing 25 percent. 

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Here are the starters from each conference. Keep in mind these groups will be split up once the captains pick their teams:

EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR STARTERS

G Kyrie Irving, Celtics -- 2,170,833 fan votes (5th All-Star appearance)

G DeMar DeRozan, Raptors -- 998,999 fan votes (4th)

F LeBron James, Cavs -- 2,638,294 fan votes (14th)

F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks -- 2,530,211 fan votes (2nd)

F Joel Embiid, Sixers -- 1,285,587 fan votes (1st)

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WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR STARTERS

G Stephen Curry, Warriors -- 2,379,494 fan votes (5th All-Star appearance)

G James Harden, Rockets -- 1,486,830 fan votes (6th)

F Kevin Durant, Warriors -- 2,238,406 fan votes (9th)

F Anthony Davis, Pelicans -- 1,088,230 fan votes (4th)

F DeMarcus Cousins, Pelicans -- 922,269 fan votes (4th)

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