For the Wizards to go beyond the second round of the playoffs, where they've lost in six games in the last two seasons, will require key contributors to do a little bit more.
While it's unlikely that everyone in the rotation will magically become better at an area of weakness, this would be the best-case scenario for the Wizards. We'll go player by player, in no particular order:
The skinny: It wasn't the small forward's averages of 6.0 points and 3.0 rebounds, and 13 starts with an aged Paul Pierce on the roster, that led to optimisim. It was how Porter performed early in the postseason when the Wizards swept the Toronto Raptors in the first round. The starting job for 2015-16 is supposed to be his if he earns it in training camp and the preseason, but he has a lot of competition if there are dips in his play.
The fix: Team defense. Overall, his instincts are good but he can fall asleep and get beaten on backdoor cuts (see what happened with Tony Snell in a key, late-season loss to Chicago or how DeMarre Carroll got inside position on the final play of a Game 5 loss to Atlanta). Porter was more able-bodied than Pierce, but at least the veteran knew better what his responsibilities were even though he couldn't always get there. At 6-9, Porter has to put on more weight and be stronger as well.
Prospects: Porter may very well start most of the games for the Wizards but it would seem unlikely that he plays significantly more minutes than his 19.4 average from a year ago. They're deep with Jared Dudley and Alan Anderson now on the roster and how coach Randy Wittman views him will be determined who is on the floor at the end of close games. The guess here is Porter will have his moments and his responsibilities will increase gradually. It's difficult to see Kelly Oubre, a rookie acquired in a draft-night trade in June, being a threat to his playing time.