Back in June, former Georgetown forward Otto Porter was selected with the #3 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, and he was tabbed to stay close to home with the Washington Wizards. At the time, all seemed to be well for both parties, but as of now, Porter still hasn’t taken the floor as a professional, and there seems to be no timetable for him to do so.
In a report from J. Michael of CSN Washington, Porter was quoted as saying that he had ‘no idea’ when he could play again, and he also told Michael that he was “just trying to get in with (my) trainers, find some way to heal it so (I) can get out there”.
That doesn’t exactly sound encouraging for a player who is recovering from a hip flexor strain, but it certainly isn’t fantastic news for a Wizards team that appears poised for a run at a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Porter did appear in 3 games during the Las Vegas Summer League, but he was clearly limited, and as of this moment, no one has any real read on what he can do on an NBA court.
In the meantime, Washington will be turning to some combination of Trevor Ariza, Chris Singleton, and Martell Webster to fill the minutes at small forward, but each would seem to be a downgrade in skill and upside from a player like Porter. For Washington fans, it’s a lot of “hoping” and “wishing” around their prized rookie.