When a team takes a player high in the draft lottery such as the Wizards with Otto Porter at No. 3 overall in June high expectations accompany it.
Bradley Beal taken third in the 2012 draft started immediately in Washington at shooting guard. It took him a while to get acclimated but he made an impact by starting 46 of the 56 games he played in an injury-plagued season.
No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist who was taken second by the Charlotte Bobcats were starters too.
That path however seems unlikely for Porter who struggled through right hamstring tightness that limited his participation in the Las Vegas summer league.
Coach Randy Wittman isn't going to put pressure the 6-8 small forward to start or be the savior of a franchise that hasn't qualified for the postseason since 2008. Most of that responsibility will rest on the shoulders of John Wall who signed an $80 million extension in the off-season.
There are no illusions with ...