NBA Draft Scouting Report: Otto Porter

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Porter can defend talented forwards in the NBA. (AP Photo)

By Chris Molicki

Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown

Why you want him: Porter is an elite perimeter defender. He has the length and quickness to lock down talented wing players, which is a very valuable trait in the NBA. Porter bettered his offensive game from his freshman to sophomore year at Georgetown, incorporating the three-point shot to his game and developing a solid jumper. Those improvements show that, while not superb offensively, he can get there. Porter has a high motor, which, as players like Kenneth Faried has showed, can get you far in the pros, especially on defense.

Why you don’t want him: Even though he only had one year in the NBA, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist struggled mightily on offense, and there may be a few concerns that Porter could fall into that trap (although he’s less likely to than MKG). He needs to work on creating his own shot. Putting on a few more pounds of muscle would help round out Porter’s lanky frame as well.

Where he’ll be picked: Top 5. Porter is a lockdown defender with offensive upside who is ready and willing to contribute at the NBA level. He could wind up being the perfect fit for the Cleveland Cavaliers if they get the right pick. With all the uncertainty in this draft, Porter is as safe a bet as anyone that doesn’t have any huge red flags.

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