The 2013 NBA draft was expected to be low on immediate impact players, and that has played out to be an accurate assessment through the first 2½ months of the regular season. Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams, former DeMatha star and Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo and Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke are the only rookies averaging more than 25 minutes and at least nine points per game.

Wizards rookie forward Otto Porter Jr., the third overall pick from Georgetown, has been used sparingly while backing up two veterans at his position and recovering from a hip injury that sidelined him for nearly three months. Porter admitted that he keeps track of his fellow rookies and takes note of the players who have been given opportunities – but also where they are in the standings.

“I knew the team was on the rise, getting to .500, going above that and getting to the playoffs,” Porter said of the Wizards. Watching other rookies get significant minutes “does make you hungry because they’re out there playing and I’m not. I’m going through things this year and some guys come into a situation where they have to play, for their team to be any kind of success. So it does depend. It is [hard], but my coaches are sticking with me. They are teaching me every day what I need to do to make me that much more ready when I’m out there.”

Porter doesn’t know when or if he will get the chance to make a significant contribution for the Wizards, especially with Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster both playing well. But he is focused on making sure that he is ready whenever Coach Randy Wittman puts him on the floor.

“I try to get here early, every day to get up shots, things like that. Getting some kind of conditioning in, because you never know when your card might be pulled,” Porter said. “Even though I might not be playing much right now. I still want to be in get in good enough shape where I might have to play 30 minutes, you never know. So I’ve been doing that and trying to stay afterward to get up shots.”