As the draft process has gotten under way I've noticed more and more similarities between Otto Porter and Paul George, who I think makes for a pretty apt comparison for the Georgetown forward.
George entered the draft after his sophomore year at 6-8/210, prized for his size, athleticism, shooting stroke and defensive potential.
Porter entered the draft after his sophomore year at 6-8/200, prized for size, athleticism, shooting stroke and defensive potential.
Sophomore year stats:
George: 16.8 ppg 7.2 rpg 3.0 apg 2.2 spg 42% fg 35% 3pt 91% ft
Porter: 16.2 ppg 7.5 rpg 2.7 apg 1.8 spg 48% fg 42% 3pt 78% ft
Porter probably won't grow another inch once he enters the league and there's not telling if he'll evolve into a player who can pretty much dominate the game on both ends like George has become...but as a prospect entering the league, Porter is superior to the Pacers forward who just made his first all-star game at 22 and is about get maxed out next summer.
Otto Porter isnt the freak athlete that Paul George was at Fresno State.
Porter might not be a freak but he's definitely an athlete
As much as I love Porter, I don't think he will quite be as good as George
I don't know that I would call Paul George a freak athelte, but I do think he probably was a little more athletic than Porter. I also feel he was less polished, but still managed to put up great numbers. The thing I've always liked about George, is that he just does things on the court that other guys can't do. He's not a Lebron caliber athlete, he doesn't have the length of Durant, but the combination of his makeup is really special.
Porter is similar, but I think he does what he does on the court more with his brain and skill, than his physical gifts, like George did. I think Porter will be a very nice pro, and by no means is this a slight to him, but I just don't see him as the type of player who is dropping 17 ppg in his 3rd year. There's an "it" factor about George that I just don't think Porter has, and it may be because George is 6'10'' in shoes now. I could see Porter being a 14-15 ppg 6 rpg 2 apg in a couple years, though, I just don't see him as a 1st or 2nd option offensively. I don't dislike the Tayshaun Prince comparison.
Either way the Wizards are getting a good playet :)
i think Porter play similar to Kawhi Leonard
OTTO played against top talent all year and shown what he could do in every case. George played against decent talent and put up the same numbers against decent talent.
Paul George can create his own shot.. Otto can't. He's a good fit for wizards.or Cavs
I actually think the opposite with Porter. I didn't see much of Paul George coming out. Just highlights of his dunks but many scouts agreed that George really couldn't create for himself when coming out of college. Even this site said so about George. Otto Porter can create for himself and others. I just think George was a better athlete coming out of college than Porter is. Porter is still a solid athlete but I don't see him in any future dunk contest. With that said, I think Porter has a more polished game than George did coming out. I like the comparison but Porter reminds me more of Tayshaun Prince if anything.
I really do love Porter's game. He is always under control and always finds a way to impact the game even when he doesn't have the ball in his hands. I think this is his greatest attribute. He will contribute so much to his team without needing the ball or having to be the superstar. I think he could very well make a few all star teams if he comes anywhere near his max potential. I'm not convinced he will be quite as good as Paul George but I definitely think it's possible depending on how much his handle and shooting improves. I don't think this is a huge reach as a comparison. Porter is a much better athlete than he is being given credit for by draft experts. With his work ethic I think he will become much more explosive than he was in college as he works on his strength training. The Cavs would be wise to choose him with their pick.
Porter is more of a role player, George is starting to look like a Franchise Player ( or at least a great number 2 )