CSNwashington.com's coverage leading up to the 2015 NBA Draft will include profiles of prospects as well as their potential fit on the Wizards. Washington currently owns the 19th and 49th selections.
Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas
6'11" | 246 lbs. | 20 years old
17.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 46.7 3-point %, 29.9 minutes
Trey Lyles (Kentucky), Kevon Looney (UCLA)
One of six prospects scheduled to workout for the Wizards Monday. ... Left Arkansas after averaging 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds during his sophomore campaign. Capable with post offense, but shines with his face-up game whether from mid-range or deep. Not a volume-shooting 3-point threat with the Razorbacks. That could change based on his percentage from distance from the college line. Offsets modest athleticism with energy and enthusiasm. ... DraftExpress.com ranks Portis 17th among the 2015 class.
They said it
"Portis is a strong, skilled forward with the ability to score inside and out. He’s a very good perimeter defender for his size, as well as a strong rebounder on both ends of the floor, and playing under Mike Anderson at Arkansas has taught him to play hard on every possession." -- Ed Isaacson, Rotoworld.
15 - Atlanta. Paul Millsap becomes a free agent July . Even if the All-Star forward stays, the Hawks' need better big man options off the bench.
Fit for the Wizards:
For starters, the term "stretch-4" is mentioned in connection with Washington more than people use "adorable" when talking about Riley Curry. Portis has the makings of such a player. Even if Drew Gooden and Paul Pierce re-sign, the Wizards need young legs on the defensive end. As for the long-term, guards John Wall and Bradley Beal are building blocks. Small forward Otto Porter's performance late in the campaign gave hope that the former Georgetown standout is as well. The roster lacks a young big man to go with them. Factor in the realistic expectations of providing help next season for the contending Wizards plus an engaging personality and Portis checks off most of the boxes even though he's not a true rim protector. Since other teams ahead of Washington (Atlanta, Utah, Boston, Milwaukee, Houston) are looking for similar players, the biggest concern may be simply whether a trade-up is required.
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