Otto Porter

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Otto Porter
Otto Porter Jr. (15537042458).jpg
Porter playing for the Wizards in 2014
No. 22 – Washington Wizards
Position Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1993-06-03) June 3, 1993 (age 24)
St. Louis, Missouri
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school Scott County Central
(Sikeston, Missouri)
College Georgetown (2011–2013)
NBA draft 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Washington Wizards
Playing career 2013–present
Career history
2013–present Washington Wizards
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Otto Porter Jr. (born June 3, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Georgetown Hoyas and was selected with the third overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Wizards. He was considered one of the top college basketball players before entering the NBA.[1][2][3]

High school career

Porter attended Scott County Central High School which includes the small towns of Morley, Vanduser, Haywood City, and parts of rural Sikeston. He earned all-state honors as a junior and senior leading the Braves to three straight Class 1 state championships and giving Scott Central its state-record 15th title overall. During his senior year, he led the Braves to 29–2 record, averaging 30 points and 14 rebounds a game.[4]

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Porter was listed as the No. 8 power forward and the No. 37 player in the nation in 2011.[5]

College career

He signed a letter of intent with the Georgetown Hoyas and played his first game with them on November 12, 2011 against the Savannah State Tigers, recording 9 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Rounding out his freshman year, Otto averaged 9.7 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game. As a sophomore, he nearly doubled his points production, averaging 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

At the conclusion of the 2012-2013 NCAA Men's Basketball season, Porter led his team to a 25-7 record and a number 2 seed in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. For his efforts, he was named the 2012-2013 Big East Player of the Year and was a finalist for both the Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award.[6]

In the first round of the Men's Championship Basketball, Porter recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds in a 78-68 upset loss to the 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles on March 22, 2013.[7]

On April 15, 2013, Porter decided to forgo his final two years of eligibility and enter the NBA draft.

Professional career

Porter playing for the Wizards in the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League

Washington Wizards (2013–present)

Porter was selected with the third overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards. On July 8, 2013, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Wizards.[8] He injured his hip flexor in September 2013[9] and was kept him out of action for three months as a result. He went on to make his NBA debut in the Wizards' 109–105 overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on December 6, 2013. In 14 minutes off the bench, he recorded two rebounds and one assist.[10] He twice scored a season-high nine points in April 2014.[11]

On October 14, 2014, the Wizards exercised their third-year team option on Porter's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2015–16 season.[12][13] On November 1, 2014, he scored 19 of his then career-high 21 points in the second half of the Wizards' 108–97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.[14]

On October 5, 2015, the Wizards exercised their fourth-year team option on Porter's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2016–17 season.[15] On November 7, 2015, he scored a then career-high 23 points in a 114–99 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.[16] On December 12, 2015, he set a new career high with 28 points in a 114–111 win over the Dallas Mavericks.[17]

On November 9, 2016, Porter scored a career-high 34 points in a 118–93 win over the Boston Celtics.[18] On December 26, 2016, he had 32 points, made a career-high five three-pointers and grabbed 13 rebounds in a 107–102 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.[19] On January 18, 2017, he set a new career high with six three-pointers to finish with 25 points in a 104–101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.[20] He made six three-pointers for the second straight night on January 19, as he had 23 points in a 113–110 win over the New York Knicks.[21] He finished the season with career-high averages in scoring, rebounds and steals, and was tabbed as the most efficient scorer in the NBA.[22] He also finished fourth in the NBA in three-point shooting percentage.[23]

On July 4, 2017, the Brooklyn Nets offered Porter a four-year, $106.5 million contract, the maximum they could give him.[24] Two days later, the Wizards received the offer sheet, with the goal being to match the offer.[25] On July 13, 2017, the Wizards announced that the team had retained its right of first refusal and matched the offer sheet extended to Porter by the Nets.[26]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Washington 37 0 8.6 .363 .190 .667 1.5 .3 .2 .0 2.1
2014–15 Washington 74 13 19.4 .450 .337 .734 3.0 .9 .6 .4 6.0
2015–16 Washington 75 73 30.3 .473 .367 .754 5.2 1.6 1.4 .4 11.6
2016–17 Washington 80 80 32.9 .516 .434 .832 6.4 1.5 1.5 .5 13.4
Career 266 166 24.9 .481 .389 .774 4.4 1.2 1.0 .4 9.3

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014 Washington 3 0 2.0 .333 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .7
2015 Washington 10 0 33.1 .443 .375 .476 8.0 1.8 1.2 .2 10.0
2017 Washington 13 13 32.9 .532 .282 .886 6.9 1.8 1.6 .5 12.2
Career 26 13 29.4 .490 .319 .732 6.5 1.6 1.3 .3 10.0

Family of basketball players

His father, Otto Porter, Sr., was part of Scott County Central High School's first title in 1976 and holds the high school record with 1,733 rebounds. His mother Elnora Porter (née Timmons) was named all-state in 1985 and bought a basketball for her son before he even started walking. Porter Jr. comes from a tradition of well-rounded players coached by Ronnie Cookson, a high school basketball coach who retired in 1995 after winning 12 state titles but was brought back as a coach at the urging of Porter's father.[27] Otto Porter's uncles Marcus Timmons "Missouri Mr. Basketball 91", Melvin Porter, and Jerry Porter have also won state titles. First cousin Calvin Porter, Jr. was one of three Porters to start for the high school's championship team in 2011. His cousin Mark Mosely was the starting point guard for the Braves in 1990 and 1991 when they won state championships. His cousins Corey and Reece Porter[28] helped Sikeston High School win its first state title in its first undefeated season. His cousin Michael Porter was a former four-time all-state basketball player for Sikeston High School.[29] His cousin and former teammate Bobby Hatchett played for Midland College, which played for the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship. The Porter family had a member on the Braves' first 11 state championship teams.[30][31]

References

  1. ^ Draft Express
  2. ^ NBA Draft.net
  3. ^ Chad Ford's Top 100 – 2013
  4. ^ "Top sports stories of 2011: No. 2 – Otto Porter". Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  5. ^ Otto Porter Recruiting Profile
  6. ^ "Georgetown's Otto Porter Named Player of the Year". Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  7. ^ "Florida Gulf Coast stuns Georgetown; 7th No. 15 seed to beat No. 2". Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  8. ^ Wizards Sign 2013 Draft Picks Otto Porter & Glen Rice Jr.
  9. ^ Otto Porter has hip flexor injury
  10. ^ Notebook: Bucks 109, Wizards 105
  11. ^ Otto Porter 2013-14 Game Log
  12. ^ Wizards exercise contract options on Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr.
  13. ^ Wizards exercise contract options on Beal, Porter
  14. ^ Paul Pierce ejected; Wizards top Bucks 108-97
  15. ^ Wizards exercise fourth-year option on Otto Porter Jr.'s contract
  16. ^ Hawks beat Wizards 114-99 for 7th straight win
  17. ^ Porter, Wall lead Wizards past Mavericks, 114-111
  18. ^ Porter scores career-best 34 as Wizards rout Celtics 118-93
  19. ^ Porter, Wall push Wizards to 107-102 comeback win vs Bucks
  20. ^ Home cooking: Wiz top Grizz 104-101, 13th win in row in DC
  21. ^ Wall has 29 points, 13 assists as Wizards top Knicks 113-110
  22. ^ Greenberg, Neil (2017-07-05). "Analysis | Even with his max deal, Otto Porter Jr. will be underpaid". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-09-15. 
  23. ^ "NBA.com/Stats | Season Leaders". stats.nba.com. Retrieved 2017-09-15. 
  24. ^ Bontemps, Tim (July 4, 2017). "Otto Porter Jr. agrees to max contract with Brooklyn Nets. Now, Wizards must make decision.". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  25. ^ Bontemps, Tim (July 6, 2017). "Wizards get look at Otto Porter’s offer sheet — and aren’t fazed by the details". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Wizards Retain Otto Porter Jr.". MonumentalSportsNetwork.com. July 13, 2017. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
  27. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (2012-12-03). "Otto Porter's path is uncommon, and so is his success". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  28. ^ "Corey Porter continues family legacy". Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  29. ^ "Many knew this day would come for Otto Porter, Jr.". Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  30. ^ "Southeast Missourian boys basketball player of the year: Genes, hard work combined to help Otto Porter excel". Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  31. ^ "Georgetown Hoyas: Otto Porter Was Born to Be a Star". Retrieved 2013-02-24. 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
  • Georgetown Hoyas bio
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