We’ve now scouted some of the top 2013 NBA Draft prospects in Cody Zeller, Shabazz Muhammad, Nerlens Noel and Ben McLemore. There are more hot prospects that could go in the top-five this year, and Georgetown’s Otto Porter comes in as the fifth big name we’ll take a look at in preparation for Charlotte’s “day in the sun” come June.
We all know the Bobcats are pathetic, but the hope is that this much losing will land a high lottery pick (crossing my fingers for top-three), and now we’re looking at Porter in case the Bobcats are forced to settle with the #5 pick. Prospects are rising and falling every day and March Madness could really shake things up. I was torn between Porter or Marcus Smart for this slot, but considering Smart is likely to play the point at the next level and Charlotte already has Kemba Walker, I’m skipping him for now.
Let’s get to it:
Otto Porter’s Strengths
Has improved immensely as a shooter, now establishing himself as a three-point threat. Excellent size and length combined with nice athleticism will make him a dangerous/versatile weapon if he grows into himself at the next level. Rebounds very well for his position. His free throws at a quality rate. Handles pressure and tough situations really well. Great team player. Does a pretty good job at getting his teammates involved. Play-making ability, vision and awareness are all improving. Has a very high ceiling. Plays hard and smart.
Otto Porter’s Weaknesses
Still a bit raw/rough around the edges. We’ve only see his jumper act consistently for one season so far. Handle really needs to improve for his position. Unselfishness can actually be a bad thing if he’s going to be a star at the next level. Can be a bit timid at times. Needs to work on creating his own shot. Could bulk up and get stronger. Needs to work on overall consistency.
Should the Charlotte Bobcats Draft Otto Porter?
It’s not really that they shouldn’t, I just hope they don’t have to. Porter has a great overall skill-set and already has NBA size, length and versatility. He’s not a huge/sexy name and he doesn’t scream star power, however. If Charlotte is indeed in the top-five, I’d personally perfer one of the previous four players I’ve scouted. He’s a solid prospect, but Porter has too many questions and hasn’t been playing on an elite level long enough for me to trust him. He’s a boom or bust pick without the pedigree. I’d rather put my stock in a Zeller or Muhammad before picking him.