2015-2016 DFS Breakout Ballers: Otto Porter
This is the third installment of a 10 part series spotlighting players that will make a significant leap in the 2015-2016 NBA season. Check out the latest feature on Terrance Jones. Each player featured in this series are prime prospects to target in season long formats, as well as early season DFS lineups before their prices rise. Let’s get into it!
Why We Believe
Porter was selected third overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, but after his first season in Washington he failed to live up to expectation that many had of him. In his rookie year the 6’ 9” swingman appeared in only 37 games serving as a backup behind Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster. In his second year stint with the team and the departure of Ariza, Porter has found a way to be a key member of the Wizards personnel. In the 2014-15 season, Porter served as a primary backup to Paul Pierce. His length, versatility, and ability to handle the rock make him a dangerous player on the offensive side of the floor. Porter has the build to be a threat within the paint by finishing over smaller perimeter players or through setting up his teammates. With the rumors surrounding Pierce’s departure from the Wizards and the pending free agency of Rasual Butler, Porter could be the next man up to fill the gap at the Small Forward position.
Porter is 16 years younger than The Truth, in the 2015 Postseason he asserted himself within the Wizards staff as a viable option at the small forward position for the future. With his size, Porter has the ability to be a stretch Power Forward when the Wizards decide to pick up the tempo. He has demonstrated the ability to rebound amongst opposing players and run the fast break in transition.
What the Numbers Tell Us
Down the stretch of the regular and post-season, Otto Porter became a X-Factor for the Washington Wizards. During the 2015 NBA Playoffs, Porter’s playing time jumped from 19.4 minutes per game to 32.4. Despite coming off of the bench in all of the Playoff games, Porter found a way to put his stamp on the game. He increased his numbers in almost every statistical category and emerged as a staple within Randy Wittman’s system. During the four game sweep of the Toronto Raptors, Porter averaged 9.5 points per game by shooting over 55% from the field and 50% from three-point range. In the absence of John Wall during the Wizard’s 6 game series with the Atlanta Hawks Porter stepped his game up a notch. He scored a post season high of 17 and totaled 9 rebounds in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, to put the Wizards up 2-1. Throughout the Atlanta series, Porter set new career highs in points, rebounds, assists, and steals. Otto Porter not only increased his offensive production, but also established himself as a defensive workhorse along the perimeter for the Wizards. Throughout the playoffs, he held opposing players to 23.5% field goal percentage outside of 15 feet while defending the shot. In 10 playoff appearances this year Porter contributed 8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. When given the chance, Porter is able to hold his own against the competition.
Porter is geared for another year in which he can be a consistent option at the Small Forward position. If given the opportunity to compete on a regular basis, there is no reason why Porter is not capable of contributing 30 minutes per game.
The quantity of Otto Porter’s offensive opportunities should increase in direct correlation with his playing time. Although he must compete with Bradley Beal and John Wall for chances on the offensive end his game fits seamlessly onto the court while playing with them. Porter finds a way to contribute to the game despite not leading the Wizards in any statistical category. During the 2015 post season, he was third among all small forwards in rebounds per game. His length and contributions on the perimeter as a lock down defender will be identified in more categories than just steal and blocks. His ability to close out on defenders and create more difficult shots should translate into more offensive opportunities for the Wizards and Porter. There is no ceiling for Otto Porter’s potential, and we believe that he is geared for a breakout season.
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