This was already a year a lot more was expected of Otto Porter.
Last season a hip injury and struggles adjusting to the NBA game meant a rough season, but by Summer League in Las Vegas he looked like a different player. Paul Pierce will get minutes at the three for the Wizards, but they were going to have to lean heavily on Porter to keep the old guy fresh.
Now it looks like they may lean on Porter even more — as the starting two guard with Bradley Beal out with a broken wrist and now his reserve Glen Rice Jr. injured as well.
He’ll get some serious run there in the next Wizards preseason game, reports J. Michael of CSNWashington.com.
There’s a strong chance that the Wizards will start Otto Porter, who is doing reps in practice at shooting guard, for Friday’s exhibition vs. the Charlotte Hornets with Bradley Beal and Glen Rice out with injuries.
“A little bit. I did,” Porter said when asked if he was doing more work there after Rice went down with a right ankle sprain in a game Wednesday. Beal had left wrist surgery last weekend.
Porter has shown improved shooting range from his rookie season (which is good because 19 percent from three won’t cut it) and he’s generally much better on the catch-and-shoot as opposed to creating his own look. Also, Porter has the length and athleticism to defend two guards.
At least it looks like it should work on paper. Coach Randy Wittman’s other options are to start Garrett Temple or Xavier Silas at the two, so they should give Porter a long, hard look before turning to their other choices.