Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/19/13
For the first time since going undrafted out of LSU in 2009 Garrett Temple enters a season without the pressure of having to prove that he deserves to make an NBA team. Temple finally received the commitment that he long sought in July when the Washington Wizards rewarded him with a one-year guaranteed contract. But when he arrived in Washington last month before training camp Temple walked around town needing to prove that he wasn’t somebody else. Fans and especially children would stop him on the street and greet him with “Hey Otto.” “I’d politely say: ‘I’m not Otto Porter. My name is Garrett Temple’ ” Temple said. “Otto is a nice guy quiet guy and we have similarities. We’re both slim. He’s a bit taller than me. We’re both fair-skinned. And they think we look alike. I don’t see it.” Porter the team’s first-round draft pick has yet to play or even practice for the Wizards as he recovers from a right hip flexor injury. Coach Randy Wittman has no problem distinguishing the two and is also well aware of what he can expect from Temple. Plucked from the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League last Christmas to serve as one of the handful of point guard replacements for the injured John Wall Temple finished the season as a fill-in for the injured Bradley Beal. Though Temple produced relatively pedestrian numbers — 5.1 points 2.4 rebounds 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game — the 6-foot-6 swingman became one of Wittman’s favorites because of his defensive versatility and willingness to accept any assignment.
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