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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Otto Porter

2017-18 Wizards roster review: Otto Porter

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

Age: 24

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

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

The NBA officially announced a list of 20 players invited to the Green Room at the 2018 NBA Draft. Provided that all attend, here's a list of who'll be there.

  • Miles Bridges, Michigan State
  • Mikal Bridges, Villanova
  • Marvin Bagley III, Duke
  • Mohamed Bamba, Texas
  • Collin Sexton, Alabama
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
  • Lonnie Walker IV, Miami
  • Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
  • Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
  • Aaron Holiday, UCLA
  • Deandre Ayton, Arizona
  • Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
  • Luka Doncic, Slovenia
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
  • Kevin Knox, Kentucky
  • Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M
  • Trae Young, Oklahoma
  • Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
  • Jerome Robinson, Boston College

There are two players each invited from Villanova, Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky.

The 2018 NBA Draft will be Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed live on WatchESPN. The Wizards have Nos. 15 and 44 picks.


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The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario


The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario

The 2018 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 21 and once again provides a glimmer of hope for even the most downtrodden franchises.

The NBA Draft is where teams can prepare for the future; where teams can rebuild and reload.

But the NBA Draft is often a crapshoot. Teams waffle on taking the best fit versus the best available player. Teams often panic and rest on laurels of draft years past. Fans like to build draft stereotypes for individual franchises, and while a lot of that is stupid Internet conjecture, it's fun to talk about and is often some actual truth to it.

So what follows is a look at the Doomsday Mock Draft. What your favorite team is likely to do if all else fails, which it often does.

1. Phoenix Suns: A franchise center who spends his first contract working with the Suns' medical staff more than his teammates.

2. Sacramento Kings: Someone who won't be a member of the Kings by the time 2022 rolls around.

3. Atlanta Hawks: Someone that will make Dennis Schroder unhappy.

4. Memphis Grizzlies: A Mike Conley Jr. repair kit.

5. Dallas Mavericks: Not the heir apparent to Dirk Nowitzki.

6. Orlando Magic: A reach that won't pan out.

7. Chicago Bulls: Someone from Iowa State, probably.


9. New York Knicks: /inserts .GIF of Spike Lee looking disappointed/

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Another big man because HINKIE 4 LYFE.

11. Charlotte Hornets: A North Carolina Tar Heel.

12. Los Angeles Clippers: A playmate for the head coach's son.

13. Los Angeles Clippers: DeAndre Jordan 2.0.

14. Denver Nuggets: Yet another athletic guard.

15. Washington Wizards: Nope. Not touching this one.

16. Phoenix Suns: Someone to pass Devon Booker the ball.

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Wingspan. Nothing but wingspan.

18. San Antonio Spurs: One of the Space Jam villains who conveniently falls to the Spurs (See: Leonard, Kawhi. Anderson, Kyle. Murray, Dejounte)

19. Atlanta Hawks: Someone to replace Dennis Schroder.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Someone who Tom Thibideau can play 60 minutes of a 48-minute game.

21. Utah Jazz: A real glue guy. A gym rat. A high-motor guy. Intangibles. Grit. Moxie. 

22. Chicago Bulls: A two-way player who will ultimately get punched in the face by Bobby Portis.



25. Los Angeles Lakers: The subject of Lonzo Ball's next diss track.

26. Philadelphia 76ers: A pallet of knockoff burner phones.

27. Boston Celtics: A draft night trade for more draft picks they probably won't use.

28. Golden State Warriors: An unfairly good player.

29. Brooklyn Nets: An unfairly bad player.

30. Atlanta Hawks: We ran out of Dennis Schroder jokes.