Wizards leaning toward Otto Porter Jr. with No. 3 pick in NBA Draft
The NBA Draft is Thursday night and a lot of speculation remains as to which players will be selected in the top five, including the uncertainty of who the Cleveland Cavaliers will choose with the No. 1 pick.
But as Chad Ford of ESPN.com reports, the Washington Wizards are leaning toward selecting 20-year Georgetown forward Otto Porter.
The Wizards have Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster at the forward spot, but both were inconsistent last season in their production and playing time due to various injuries. Porter is a 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in his sophomore season at Georgetown and, as Ford writes, he fits a need for the Wizards:
With so much up in the air in this draft, Porter to the Wizards at No. 3 remains a constant. He's appeared here in every mock and I think it's unlikely we move him. While the Wizards have a lot of interest in Anthony Bennett, sources say they are now leaning toward taking Porter at No. 3. He fits a need, fits their culture and, like Oladipo, is viewed as a sure thing by many NBA GMs and scouts.
It had been reported in May that the Cavs would select Porter with the No. 1 pick in the draft, but most recent rumors have Kentucky's Nerlens Noel will be the top pick and all signs now point to Washington taking Porter.MAHONEY: NBA draft 2013 trade rumors