To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Otto Porter's season...
Player: Otto Porter
Position: Small forward
2017-18 salary: $24.8 million
2017-18 stats: 77 G, 31.3 mpg, 14.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg, 0.5 bpg, 50.3 FG%, 44.1 3P%, 82.8 FT%, 58.1 eFG%, 120 ORtg, 107 DRtg
Best game: 10/27 at Warriors - 29 points, 11-for-16 FG, 7-for-9 3PT, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 0 turnovers, steal, block
Season review: The first year of Otto Porter's new $106.5 million contract played out statistically very much like the last one on his previous deal. Porter put up almost identical numbers, with his points per game average going up 1.3 and his rebounds per game clip staying exactly the same.
Porter helped the Wizards win in a multitude of ways and was efficient as always. He finished third in the NBA in three-point percentage and had the best offensive rating among Wizards starters.
Porter did a lot of heavy lifting during the 41 games John Wall was out. With Wall out of the mix, Porter became the No. 2 scoring option behind Bradley Beal. At times, he thrived in that role and was essential in keeping them afloat. All in all, the Wizards won more often with Wall available, but the bottom didn't fall out when he was absent and Porter was a big reason for that.
When Wall went out due to left knee surgery in late January, Porter stepped up in a big way. He averaged 19.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and shot 55.1 percent over the next 18 games. There were times during that stretch and during the final months of the season where it was obvious Porter was playing through pain, but he didn't gripe and kept going out there, knowing the Wizards needed him more than usual without Wall.
Moving forward, it's clear the Wizards need to get Porter more involved offensively and particularly late in games. The question is how much blame does he himself deserve for that and the other times he disappears in their offense. It is a frustrating continuum between Porter needing to be more aggressive, his teammates needing to look for him more and head coach Scott Brooks calling his number more often.
Porter's season ended with health concerns. He had his playoffs cut short due to surgery on his left leg. It was a minor procedure, but one that should affect the beginning of his offseason.
Porter should feel good about how his season went overall. As long as he can continue to increase the volume of his production to go along with his remarkable efficiency, the future is bright.
Potential to improve: Shot total, scoring average, ability to guard bigs
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