It was only about a month ago when ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford said the Cavs were “praying” Otto Porter Jr. would be available when they were on the clock. Now that the NBA Draft is less than a week away, Porter seems to be an afterthought. The former Georgetown star remains in discussion for the top overall pick, but the Cavs aren’t on bended knees at night praying for his arrival. He’s a polished small forward with good size (6-foot-8, 198 pounds) and great length (7-1 wingspan). Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim called him the greatest small forward to ever play in the Big East, but there are concerns Porter is who he is. There may not be much left between the player he is now and his actual NBA ceiling. The player he is now is pretty good. Porter averaged 16.2 points and 7.1 rebounds to win Big East Player of the Year honors as a sophomore. He fills an immediate need on the Cavs at small forward and is likely the only player from the crop the Cavs are considering who would start immediately. Alonzo Gee looked overmatched much of last season as the starting small forward. Even if the Cavaliers pass on Porter with their top pick, they must address the small forward position at some point this summer. They did not speak with Porter at the predraft workouts last month, but had him in for a workout last week along with Kansas’ Ben McLemore and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo. Porter said at the predraft workouts he modeled himself after the Memphis Grizzlies’ Tayshaun Prince — long and lanky with the ability to do a little bit of everything — which inadvertently illustrates this draft class perfectly.
Cavaliers must consider Otto Porter Jr. with top pick in NBA Draft
Akron Beacon Journal | Jun 23