Otto Porter
Otto Porter
25-Year-Old ForwardF
Chicago Bulls
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After signing a four-year, $106 million contract extension last offseason, Porter took to the floor for his fifth campaign, essentially duplicating his numbers from the year before. He finished with 14.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.8 three-pointers across 31.6 minutes. Most notably, he proved that his breakout shooting during the 2016-17 season wasn't a fluke, as Porter shot 50.3 percent from the floor and a career-high 44.1 percent from deep. That placed him third in the NBA for three-point percentage, behind only Darren Collison and Reggie Bullock. Despite the solid output, Porter's numbers were actually fairly disappointing considering he had a big opportunity to step up with John Wall missing 41 games due to a knee injury. Instead, he simply stuck to his usual role and let Bradley Beal do the bulk of the playmaking. With Wall healthy heading into the 2018-19 campaign, the Wizards should be back to full strength, and they also return the majority of their regular contributors. Porter should once again slot in as the third option behind both Wall and Beal offensively, while chipping in across the box score with some solid multi-category production. When you add in his stellar shooting percentages and lack of turnovers (just 1.0 per game in 2017-18), Porter should slot into that second tier of small forwards behind the superstars like LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and Paul George. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $106.52 million contract with the Wizards in July of 2017. Traded to the Bulls in February of 2019.
Career night against Grizzlies
FChicago Bulls
February 14, 2019
Porter scored a career-high 37 points (16-20 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, two assists and a block in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 122-110 win over the Grizzlies.
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The Memphis defense simply had no answer for the 25-year-old, who's thriving so far now that he's out from the shadow of Bradley Beal and John Wall in Washington. Porter is averaging 22.5 points, 5.8 boards, 2.8 three-pointers and 2.3 assists in four games with Chicago while shooting a sizzling 62.1 percent from the floor and 57.9 percent from beyond the arc. While he'll cool down eventually, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft could still easily post career-best numbers after the All-Star break now that he'll have the chance to be the focal point of an offense.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Porter, at 23-years-old last season, burst onto the scene by establishing himself as one of the league’s premier three-point threats. Out of all qualified candidates, Porter ranked fourth in three-point percentage (43.4) en route to 13.4 points per game. That percentage was behind only Joe Ingles (44.1), Allen Crabbe (44.4) and Kyle Korver (45.1). He’s also one of the NBA’s better wing defenders (1.5 steals) and commits just 0.6 turnovers while snagging a solid 6.4 rebounds per game. Over the summer, the Wizards rewarded Porter’s impressive play by matching the four-year, $106 million offer sheet by the Nets. While he will likely still remain either the third, or fourth, option within the Wizards offense (competing with John Wall, Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris), his overall skill as a player makes him tough to resist in Fantasy. Despite his place in the pecking order, Porter still has big-game upside. Notably, on Nov. 9 against the Celtics, he posted 34 points (14-19 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 14 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks across 38 minutes while committing no turnovers. While he’s relatively low-volume, Porter certainly warrants an early-round selection in most formats.
Porter held down a full-time role on the Wizards’ top unit for the first time in his three seasons in the league in 2015-16, starting 73 of 75 games at either forward spot. With the move to the starting five came enhanced minutes, but Porter didn’t exactly break out in the way some had expected coming out of training camp. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 11.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 three-pointers in 30.3 minutes per game while shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 75.4 percent from the charity stripe, numbers that made him a low-end asset in shallower fantasy formats. Though he has an intriguing pedigree as a former No. 3 overall pick, it’s clear that, in terms of usage on the offensive end, Porter is still no better than fourth in the Wizards’ pecking order behind John Wall, Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat. As such, it’s tough to count on the 23-year-old to notice a dramatic spike in his production in Year 4 unless one of those aforementioned players succumbs to a long-term injury that would conceivably open up more shot attempts and minutes for Porter. There’s still value to be had from Porter in certain fantasy formats and in real life as a developing 3-and-D wing who is also comfortable in the lower block, but so long as he remains a complementary piece in the Wizards’ attack, Porter’s ceiling remains a bit limited.
For the first two seasons of his career, the Wizards have treated Porter with kid gloves. He has played behind veterans Trevor Ariza and Paul Pierce. While Washington added Jared Dudley in the offseason, 2015-16 may be the season for the former Georgetown Hoya to come into his own. The third pick of the 2013 draft showed some signs in the playoffs with 10.0 points and 8.0 rebounds over the 10-game stretch. Overall, his second season was a modest improvement over his very quiet rookie year. Porter provided 6.0 points, 0.5 three-pointers, 3.0 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.6 assists, and 0.4 blocks. The small forward hit 45 percent of his field goals and 73 percent of his freebies. He appeared in 74 games with 13 starts and averaged 19 minutes. Porter has a diverse game that shows range beyond the arc, and he could be a quality defender with principles he learned under John Thompson III. Porter also showed a nice development curve in his two years as a Hoya, so he could be in for a breakout season, particularly if he can crack the starting lineup.
The third-overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Otto Porter Jr. had minimal impact during his rookie season. He was thought to be one of the draft's more NBA-ready prospects and was considered by many to be a relatively safe pick. However, after losing the first month of his rookie season to a hip injury, Porter never emerged as a consistent part of the Wizards' rotation, as he was stuck behind both Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster at small forward. Porter ultimately played in just 37 games, averaging 2.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.3 assists. 0.2 steals, and 0.0 blocks in nine minutes per game. Following his poor rookie season, Porter did provide cause for optimism this summer, averaging 19.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.3 blocks in six games at the Las Vegas Summer League. Just as encouraging as his strong counting stats, Porter shot 48 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range, albeit while making just 68 percent of his free throws. The Wizards still have a crowd at small forward with Paul Pierce and Martell Webster, but the team will likely find a way to work Porter in if he shows that he's much improved from last season. Porter may have an excellent opportunity to prove his worth early on, as Webster could miss the beginning of the year after undergoing back surgery in the offseason.
Everyone knew the Wizards were going to take the Georgetown star with the third pick this summer, but his fantasy impact is much more up in the air. Porter is lauded for moving well without the ball, passing well, and playing solid defense. With his backcourt mates taking most of the shot attempts, Porter should be a great long-term fit for the Wizards, but, he'll probably receive sixth-man type minutes early on. He'll need a season of experience to hone his three-point shooting.
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Well-rounded line in Monday's loss
FChicago Bulls
February 11, 2019
Porter pitched in 18 points (7-14 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 37 minutes during Monday's 112-99 loss to the Bucks.
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Efficient scoring in team debut
FChicago Bulls
February 8, 2019
Porter produced 18 points (7-9 FG, 4-5 3Pt), four rebounds, and one assist in 34 minutes during Friday's 125-106 win over the Nets.
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Will start Friday
FChicago Bulls
February 8, 2019
Porter will draw the start at small forward Friday against the Nets, Chuck Swirsky of the Bulls Radio Network reports.
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Will make Bulls debut Friday
FChicago Bulls
February 8, 2019
Porter (not injury related) is set to make his Bulls debut Friday.
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Status unclear for Friday
FChicago Bulls
Not Injury Related
February 8, 2019
Porter (not injury related) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Nets.
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