Found June 27, 2013 on Mr. Irrelevant:
Coming into draft night the great debate for Wiz fans was who to take at No. 3: Otto Porter Jr. or Anthony Bennett. Assuming you were on Team Porter, as most of us were, the first two picks (Bennett to Cleveland, Victor Oladipo to Orlando) could not have gone better. Sitting at 3 were Porter, the Georgetown guy who fills a clear need, or Nerlens Noel, frontcourt defender supreme. Not even Ernie Grunfeld could screw that up. The wheels were set in motion two years ago when Washington took rising performance artist Jan Vesely at 6 with rising basketball star (and small forward) Kawhi Leonard still on the board. Helping them over that unfortunate bit of foolishness was good luck last year, when the Wiz won the third pick and the perfect guy, Brad Beal, fell into their lap. Fast forward to now, and, what do you know, it happened again. Having Noel there must’ve been tempting, but he’s skinny with limited offense and a torn ACL. That guy’s not contributing this year, though I think he’l...

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After scanning the globe for talent and hosting workouts for dozens of players from around the country, the Washington Wizards could end up using the third overall pick in the NBA draft on someone who played college ball in the nation's capital. Georgetown sophomore Otto Porter, Jr. won't have to make any adjustment to the rims and floorboards at the home of the Wizards...

St. Louis area well represented in NBA Draft

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Missouri basketball: Thursday’s NBA Draft amplifies problem with Mizzou program

As Thursday night’s NBA Draft unfolded, St. Louis hoops fans found themselves smiling early and often. Two local players, from the state of Missouri were drafted in the Top 10 of the draft. Otto Porter, who grew up in Sikeston, Missouri before attending Georgetown for two seasons, was selected third overall by the Washington Wizards and will join St. Louis native Bradley Beal in...

Reason for hope with the Washington Wizards?

The last few years the talk in Washington has always been about how this is the year the Wizards will finally return to the playoffs. Then the season starts, the injuries pile up and the Wizards finish as a team that can’t even reach the 30-win mark. Despite their tortured history, last night’s drafting of small forward Otto Porter, as well as the less talked about acquisition...
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