Found June 28, 2013 on The Victory Formation:
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 of shooting guard Glen Rice, Jr. adds to the Wizards promising young core of point guard John Wall, and shooting guard Bradley Beal. Porter has plenty of experience playing in the Verizon Center as a Georgetown Hoya and showed massive improvement in his sophomore season, earning Big East Player of the Year honors. Glen Rice, Jr. had his moments at Georgia Tech, but also had too many moments of immaturity and was suspended multiple times, before eventually being kicked off the team. He joined the NBA’s D-League last season and helped lead the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to the championship. Rice was named Finals MVP, averaging 29 points, 11.5 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and three steals in the series. The Wizards are banking on the idea that Rice is matured, and he has [...]

– Wizards Go Otto With No. 3 Pick

Welcome BACK to D.C., Otto! Despite all the shock waves surrounding the NBA Draft this year, the Washington Wizards were still able to pull off the selection they had coveted all scout season long, grabbing the ex-Hoya with the number 3 overall pick. “They brought me there to help the organization win. And that’s what [...]

Wizards sign draft picks Porter, Rice

The Washington Wizards have signed No. 3 overall draft pick Otto Porter and second-round selection Glen Rice Jr. Under the NBA's scale for rookie salaries, Porter was expected to sign a deal that could pay him up to $19.4 million over four seasons, with the first two seasons guaranteed. Porter averaged 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds and was the Big East player of the year as...

2013 NBA Draft Preview

This draft may not have one stand-out player to be excited about, but that”s what makes the 2013 draft unique.  It gives us a lot to question and it reflect on the true quality of each franchise’s front office decision-making.  Here, I will discuss some potential lottery pick situations and factor in my take on them (Keep in mind, this preview disregards the possibility of...

Why Otto Porter Was Just Too Good for Other Options

While most other teams left the world stunned and confused on draft night with surprise selections, pick swaps and blockbuster trades, the Washington Wizards remained quietly idle in the middle of it all and eventually picked the player they had coveted for weeks. It couldn’t have been a wiser pick, either. The Wizards were certainly [...]

Draft Day Emotions From A Wizards Fan: In GIF Form

The months, the weeks, and the days of counting down to the NBA Draft are over. As I’m writing this Draft time is just over 10 hours away. And for those next ten hours, for Wizards fans, a range of emotions and nervousness will be felt. Ernie Grunfeld’s first seven drafts as Washington GM are highlighted by players such as Andray Blatche, Javale McGee, and Nick Young. WOW! Don’t...

Beal adjusting to busy life as an NBA superstar

ST. LOUIS -- His name is Brad Beal but you can call him Busy Beal for all he's done in the past year. To summarize: -- Selected No. 3 overall in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards. -- Became a millionaire after signing a contract that guarantees him 8.3 million over two years. -- Averaged 13.9 points as the Wizards' starting shooting guard, made All-Star...

Wizards Select Otto Porter Jr. 3rd Overall (PHOTOS)

The debate between the Washington Wizards selecting Otto Porter Jr or Anthony Bennett was quickly resolved as the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Bennett with the first overall pick in the draft. After Orlando selected Victor Oladipo second, the choice for the Wizards seemingly came down to Otto Porter or Nerlens Noel. As David Stern came out to announce Washington’s selection, he...

David Stern trolls crowd during 2013 NBA Draft

In what may be the best moment of the night, NBA Commissioner David Stern epically trolled the crowed at the Barclays Center.  The crowd has been booing him all night, and prior to announcing the Washington Wizards pick at #3, Stern said “I can’t hear you.”  Major props to Stern for acknowledging the booing and giving some back to the crowd.

Knicks Draft Look In: Glen Rice Jr.

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Otto Porter Jr. Is A Wizard Now

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...

DMV: Wizards Trade For Athletic Son Of A Sharp-Shooting Man

Wiz traded Philly two second-rounders for Glen Rice Jr. Huh. [Bullets Forever] Assessing the Rice Jr. and Otto Porter picks. [Bullets Forever, Bullets Forever] Alex Len went No. 5 overall to Phoenix. Good for that dude. [Testudo Times] Bryce Harper’s rehab continues apace. Should be back Monday. [Nats Journal] Pro tip: Don’t get into a gun fight with Adam LaRoche and son. [For...

St. Louis area well represented in NBA Draft

ST. LOUIS -- The dust has, for the most part, settled. The 2013 NBA Draft is over, and most of those who didn't make the cut have honed in on a summer-league team. How did players of local interest fare? Let's take a look. THE DRAFTED: Otto Porter -- No. 3 to the Washington Wizards Who: 6-foot-9, 198-pound Georgetown forward, originally from Sikeston, Mo. Summary:...

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...
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