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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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Wizards release 2018-19 preseason schedule, including two games vs. Knicks

Wizards release 2018-19 preseason schedule, including two games vs. Knicks

The Wizards released their 2018-19 five-game preseason schedule on Tuesday and it looks quite a bit like last year's did.

Once again, they will play the New York Knicks twice, once at home and once on the road. And once again, they will host the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.

It all begins on Oct. 1 when the Wizards host the Knicks. Three of their five preseason games will be played at Capital One Arena.

Here is the full preseason schedule:

10/1 vs. Knicks

10/5 vs. Heat

10/8 at Knicks

10/10 at Pistons

10/12 vs. Guangzhou Long-Lions

The preseason schedule release comes on the heels of the full 82-game regular season reveal. That came out last week. You can see it here.

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    2018-19 NBA over/under win totals from Las Vegas have Wizards lower than some many expect

    2018-19 NBA over/under win totals from Las Vegas have Wizards lower than some many expect

    The Westgate sportsbook in Las Vegas released their over/unders for NBA win totals for the 2018-19 season earlier this month and the Wizards were set at 44.5. That, of course, sparked some debates among fans and the media.

    Chase Hughes and Nick Ashooh gave their take on the matter in the video above. For reference, here are the win totals as set by Westgate:

    Atlanta Hawks - 23.5
    Boston Celtics - 57.5
    Brooklyn Nets - 32.5
    Charlotte Hornets - 35.5
    Chicago Bulls - 27.5
    Cleveland Cavaliers - 30.5
    Dallas Mavericks - 34.5
    Denver Nuggets - 47.5
    Detroit Pistons - 37.5
    Golden State Warriors - 62.5
    Houston Rockets - 54.5
    Indiana Pacers - 47.5
    Los Angeles Clippers - 35.5
    Los Angeles Lakers - 48.5
    Memphis Grizzlies - 34.5
    Miami Heat - 41.5
    Milwaukee Bucks - 46.5
    Minnesota Timberwolves - 44.5
    New Orleans Pelicans - 45.5
    New York Knicks - 29.5
    Oklahoma City Thunder - 50.5
    Orlando Magic - 31.5
    Philadelphia 76ers - 54.5
    Phoenix Suns - 28.5
    Portland Trail Blazers - 41.5
    Sacramento Kings - 25.5
    San Antonio Spurs - 43.5
    Toronto Raptors - 54.5
    Utah Jazz - 48.5
    Washington Wizards - 44.5

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