Otto Porter, Jr. (born June 3, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Georgetown Hoyas and was selected with the third overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Wizards. He was considered one of the top college basketball players before entering the NBA.
High school career
Porter attended Scott County Central High School which includes the small towns of Morley, Vanduser, Haywood City, and parts of rural Sikeston. He earned all-state honors as a junior and senior leading the Braves to three straight Class 1 state championship and giving Scott Central its state-record 15th title overall. During his senior year, he led the Braves to 29–2 record, averaging 30 points and 14 rebounds a game.
He signed a letter of intent with the Georgetown Hoyas and played his first game with them on November 12, 2011 against the Savannah State Tigers, recording 9 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Rounding out his freshman year, Otto averaged 9.7 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game. As a sophomore, he nearly doubled his points production, averaging 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
At the conclusion of the 2012-2013 NCAA Men's Basketball season, Porter led his team to a 25-7 record and a number 2 seed in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. For his efforts, he was named the 2012-2013 Big East Player of the Year and was a finalist for both the Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award.
On April 15, 2013, Porter decided to forgo his final two years of eligibility and enter the NBA draft.
Washington Wizards (2013–present)
Porter was selected with the third overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards. On July 8, 2013, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Wizards. In September 2013, he injured his hip flexor which subsequently kept him out of action for three months. On December 6, 2013, he made his NBA debut in the Wizards' overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. In 14 minutes of action, he recorded two rebounds and one assist. He went on to play just 37 games (no starts) in 2013–14 while averaging 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.
On October 14, 2014, the Wizards exercised their third-year team option on Porter's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2015–16 season. On November 1, 2014, he scored 19 of his then career-high 21 points in the second half of the Wizards' 108–97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
On October 5, 2015, the Wizards exercised their fourth-year team option on Porter's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2016–17 season. On November 7, 2015, he scored a then career-high 23 points in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks. On December 12, he set a new career-high with 28 points in a 114–111 win over the Dallas Mavericks.
NBA career statistics
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Family of basketball players
His father, Otto Porter, Sr., was part of Scott County Central High School's first title in 1976 and holds the high school record with 1,733 rebounds. His mother Elnora Porter (née Timmons) was named all-state in 1985 and bought a basketball for her son before he even started walking. Porter Jr. comes from a tradition of well-rounded players coached by Ronnie Cookson, a high school basketball coach who retired in 1995 after winning 12 state titles but was brought back as a coach at the urging of Porter's father. Otto Porter's uncles Marcus Timmons "Missouri Mr. Basketball 91", Melvin Porter, and Jerry Porter have also won state titles. First cousin Calvin Porter, Jr. was one of three Porters to start for the high school's championship team in 2011. His cousin Mark Mosely was the starting point guard for the Braves in 1990 and 1991 when they won state championships. His cousins Corey and Reece Porter helped Sikeston High School win its first state title in its first undefeated season. His cousin Michael Porter was a former four-time all-state basketball player for Sikeston High School. His cousin and former teammate Bobby Hatchett played for Midland College, which played for the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship. The Porter family had a member on the Braves' first 11 state championship teams.