WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Former NBA player and current CBS Sports Network analyst Wally Szczerbiak knows basketball.
More specifically, the three-point specialist knows shooters.
It’s been well documented, at least by current Wizards players, that Washington is looking to draft a pick-and-pop guy with the 3rd pick of the 2013 NBA Draft.
And according to Szczerbiak, there’s one guy who fits that mold better than anyone.
“I think the perfect fit would be Otto Porter,” Szczerbiak told the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday.
“I just think he’s the most ready to help a team right now,” Szczerbiak said. “The kid’s very versatile. The kid played in a great system in Georgetown that really didn’t maximize his points. It’s tough to get 20 a game when your team’s barely getting to 50 every time out. So I just thought the way he played in college, he’s a jack of all trades, that he would be an absolute perfect fit for them and could really help them immediately make a playoff push, and possibly get in the playoffs.”
He called the Wizards a “playoff caliber” team when healthy, with great guards and a good front line in Nene and Okafor, and suggested a guy like Porter could put them over the top.
“I think they’re sitting in a great position. I really do,” Szczerbiak said of Washington with the No. 3 pick.
But as usual with the NBA Draft, clarity is something hard to come by, and a clear, concise answer as to what Washington should do with that pick quickly became murky.
“Tremendous upside,” he said of Bennett. “I mean, if they can get him at three, he is just an NBA talent personified to Larry Johnson. When you’re compared to Grandmama, you’ve got some serious game and he does. I mean, when he goes up to dunk he looks like he’s going to rip the rim down. He’s got a great-looking outside jump shot and he can really shoot it. Little undersized for a four and he’s definitely not a three, but he’s strong, he’s a beast and he’s athletic and he’s got an NBA body.”
To further complicate things, and to round out the local conversation, he lumped Maryland center Alex Len in with Bennett and Kansas’ Ben McLemore as the “most talented” players in the draft, while questioning the hype surrounding former DeMatha guard Victor Oladipo.