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Grading Otto Porter's play for 2014-15 season


Grading Otto Porter's play for 2014-15 season

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. 

RELATED: By the numbers: Bradley Beal, LeBron James, James Harden

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2019 NBA Draft: Hawks trade up to No. 4, reportedly plan to pick Virginia's De'Andre Hunter

2019 NBA Draft: Hawks trade up to No. 4, reportedly plan to pick Virginia's De'Andre Hunter

The first big move of NBA Draft night - according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski - was to help Atlanta land Virginia's De'Andre Hunter.

Per Wojnarowski Atlanta has acquired the No. 4 pick from the Pelicans, which they got from the Lakers in the mega-deal for Anthony Davis, for the picks No. 8, 17, and 35. With that fourth overall selection, the Hawks plan to take Hunter. 

Hunter, the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a member of UVA's national championship team this past season, was profiled in NBC Sports Washington's I Am The Prospect series.

In his interview with NBC Sports Washington, Hunter described what he expects draft night to be like for him and his family. 

"Draft night's gonna be really emotional. I don't know if I'm gonna cry or not, but I know a few members of my family will be crying, so that'll probably get to me a little bit," Hunter said. "It's gonna be a great moment for not only me but for my family as well."

In another pre-draft trade, the Suns have acquired the No. 11 pick and forward Dario Saric from the Timberwolves for the No. 6 pick, per Wojnarowski


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2019 NBA Draft: All the best and wildest draft suits from the red carpet in New York


2019 NBA Draft: All the best and wildest draft suits from the red carpet in New York

It's NBA Draft night! That means prospects are about to begin the most exciting time of their professional lives. It also means they're going to show up in wild, sometimes fly, sometimes ill-advised outfits on the red carpet. 

Here's a quick roundup of what everybody's rocking this year. 

Bol Bol, Oregon

Is this one of the boldest draft looks ever? Hard to top rhinestone spider webs. 

RJ Barrett, Duke

Bright pink suit, custom Canadian flag lining and spiked loafers. A whole lot of look for Barrett. 

Zion Williamson, Duke

Williamson went with a cream tuxedo without a tie. 

Cam Reddish, Duke

Reddish opted for a gold-on-black print jacket and black shirt and pants, finished off with a simple gold chain and Versace loafers. 

Ja Morant, Murray State

Not only is Morant rocking a blue-purple pinstripe suit, but also he's wearing a pocket square of his own face! This is not a drill. 

Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga

Hachimura payed homage to his roots with his draft-night 'fit. In a burgundy and blue suit and shirt, he showed off fabrics from Japan and Benin in the lining of his jacket. 

This post will continue updating throughout the night