If you're a fan of the Washington Wizards, June can't arrive soon enough.
Not only will this abysmal season finally come to an end, but it will also mean the opportunity to add talent via the draft becomes available. Now, as bad as this season has been, there have at least been some bright spots.
John Wall and Bradley Beal appear to have an effective chemistry, and vets like Emeka Okafor and Nene have at least proved productive at times. So, as bad as the record is on paper, the collective product isn't as horrible as it appears to be.
Wall and Beal should continue to develop into effective players, but what the Wizards could really use is an additional youthful piece on the opposite wing. Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster aren't bad options in the league, but they could really use a pair of fresh legs and untapped potential.
So who should the Wizards add via the draft? Well, considering we have to worry about the draft lottery before anything else, it might not be too easy to predict.
Assuming the Wiz find themselves picking No. 3, they would be in a good spot to acquire Otto Porter out of Georgetown.
While he may not be one of the bigger names in the draft, Porter is still one of the more talented prospects. Porter would be perfect for the Wizards because while he may not be an offensive threat, he will develop into a productive utility-type player at some point. Hey, it also doesn't hurt that the D.C. area hoops fans are certainly familiar with him.
He still has a lot of work to be done in the weight room, and he will no doubt have to adjust to NBA-level speed and quickness. He is smart, hardworking and is a high character guy—someone the Wizards will love to bring aboard to help Wall and Beal.
At 6'8", 200 pounds, with a 7-foot wingspan, you can't help but see the Rudy Gay similarities from a physical stand point. Assuming he develops a solid outside shot and combines his defense and high basketball IQ, you could definitely have a young Tayshaun Prince-type player on your hands.
Like Prince, he possesses an unorthodox shot form, but the key difference is Prince has had a potent stroke going back to his days at the University of Kentucky. Prince is about an inch or two taller, but he also possesses a similarly long wingspan. Prince was never Vince Carter-esque by any means in terms of leaping, but his athleticism has certainly surprised people at times.
Porter could definitely develop into a similarly versatile, yet defensively focused player, and he could develop into the type of player that would act as a key cog in a championship core.
While he is most certainly a project, he is exactly what the Wizards need—a talented complementary piece that can fit in immediately with the Wizards' young duo of Beal and Wall.
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