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July 17, 2013

Porter questionable on eve of LVSL playoffs

June 17, 2013 - The National Basketball Association's Las Vegas Summer League has not been peaches and cream for former Georgetown standout and this year's third selection in the NBA Draft, [/db]Otto Porter[/db]. His franchise, the Washington Wizards are 1-2 in league play, Otto's statline is 6.3 points (on 30% shooting), 3.7 rebounds and an assist in 22 minutes each game, plus a new position is being asked of him. To make matters worse, an injury has been sustained.

Welcome to the 'L' Otto.

His first game, a seven point, six board, one assist affair, Porter looked lost trying to get the feel of a faster league, bigger players and general uncertainty. The Wizards fell 56-52 to Golden State .

In game two, Porter did seem more comfortable, along the way to eight points, five rebounds and three assists in the Wizard's 82-69 loss to New York.

During this contest, HoyaReport.com published a specific, critical look at his play on the Premium Court message board. Segments of that discussion include his pros being "does a lot of stuff...has good feel for game, closes out on shooters well...", while Porter's cons during that 89-62 to loss to the Knicks were stated as "has to learn/extend range" and "not comfortable creating shot".

A constant in both contests was a curious utilization of Porter; thought to be a natural small forward, he saw significant minutes at shooting guard in both games. NBA TV's Dennis Scott, himself a former NBA three man was critical of playing Porter in that manner, saying: "I don't know what you are doing Wizards; he's your small forward for the future...so get the man comfortable for the small forward, understanding what he needs to do on the defensive and obviously his offensive game will come around.

"I don't know why they're doing it, maybe to get some experimental factors out of it. But he's a small forward of the future".

Essentially answering that question, Don Newman, the Wizard's co-head coach in Vegas told ESPN.com "We're just kind of fishing around right now, seeing where he's comfortable, whether it's the 2, it's the 3...We just want him to get comfortable and play and see what kind of player he is". It was also mentioned shooting guard and small forward ares similar in the Wizard's system.

Porter, talking to that same outlet, noted after the Knicks game " They put me everywhere, so it's hard to get comfortability. I'm just trying to figure out where can I play, where can I establish myself at playing ball".

Game three would not provide that knowledge, as Porter only played over six minutes, leaving so early with tightness in his right hamstring. Before departing, Otto dropped four points on 2-4 shooting in the 97-69 Wiz win over Denver. Curiously enough, he missed a scrimmage Monday with Toronto due to you guessed it, tightness in his right hamstring.

The next game up for Porter and the Wizards is today's playoff matchup with Memphis. Washington, the tournament's 12th seeded team will face Charlotte, Thursday with a victory, New Orleans or
Denver on Friday by losing. All these games will be played at Vegas' Thomas and Mack Center, and each starts at 630p EST.

Will Porter play in LVSL action going forward? If Otto does, will a greater comfort level be achieved/exhibited if he does?

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