Washington Wizards unlikely to give Otto Porter starting job to begin season

Jun 27, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Otto Porter (Georgetown) poses with NBA commissioner David Stern after being selected as the number three overall pick to the Washington Wizards during the 2013 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Often times in the NBA, the higher the draft pick you are, the more likely you are to start in your rookie season. And while that might hold true for the Washington Wizards’ Otto Porter, who was selected third overall, it won’t be happening to start the season.

According to CSN Washington, Porter, while he will significant minutes, will be doing so off the bench:

No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who was taken second by the Charlotte Bobcats, were starters, too.

That path, however, seems unlikely for Porter, who struggled through right hamstring tightness that limited his participation in the Las Vegas summer league.

Coach Randy Wittman isn’t going to put pressure the 6-8 small forward to start or be the savior of a franchise that hasn’t qualified for the postseason since 2008. Most of that responsibility will rest on the shoulders of John Wall, who signed an $80 million extension in the off-season.

It’s doubtful that Porter will go the entire season without being named to the starting lineup, though, it may take until the All-Star break to see Porter’s name entrenched there.

Topics: Otto Porter, Washington Wizards

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