Otto Porter
Otto Porter
27-Year-Old ForwardF
Chicago Bulls  NBA  
Chicago Bulls
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Despite struggling (by his standards) through 41 games with the Wizards in 2018-19, Porter played arguably the best basketball of his career across 15 appearances for the Bulls after being acquired prior to the trade deadline. Although his season was cut short by knee and shoulder injuries that kept him sidelined for the final 11 contests, Porter proved to be a strong fit on both ends of the court for Chicago, pouring in career-high averages in points (17.5), assists (2.7), made threes (2.6) and minutes (32.8) while connecting on career-best shooting percentages from beyond the arc (48.8) and the charity stripe (90.6). The sample size is obviously small, and this was the first time since his rookie year that he appeared in less than 74 games. However, the Bulls empowered Porter, allowing him to showcase a more impressive and well-rounded offensive skillset than he ever had a chance to display during his five-and-a-half-year tenure with the Wizards. Moreover, Chicago's key offseason additions (Tomas Satoransky and Thaddeus Young) are both low-usage offensive players with unselfish tendencies, so Porter can be expected to maintain plenty of responsibility as a scorer going forward. As a result, there's a decent chance the 26-year-old wing builds off the positive momentum and turns in his best statistical campaign in 2019-20. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $106.52 million contract with the Wizards in July of 2017. Traded to the Bulls in February of 2019. Contract includes $28.49 million player option for 2020-21.
Personal Bio

Otto Porter Jr. was born in 1993 in St. Louis, Missouri to Otto Sr. and Elnora Porter. Porter continued the family tradition of attending Scott County Central High School and was named to the Missouri All-State team in his junior and senior seasons. He also won three state titles, including a senior championship performance of 29 points and 35 rebounds. Based on his dominance during high school, Porter earned a scholarship to Georgetown University. Throughout his pro career, he has worked with charities devoted to the homeless and underprivileged children. You can follow Porter on Instagram (@ottodayporter22).

College/International Summary

When looking back at Porter's collegiate career, it's tempting to remember how it ended: with an upset loss to Florida Gulf Coast (aka Dunk City) in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-8 forward had a good two-year run with the Hoyas. For the majority of his freshman season, the Missouri native came off the bench. Even in limited minutes, Porter was productive and averaged 9.7 points and 6.8 rebounds. He started the last six games of the season, including two games in the Big East Tournament and two games in the NCAA Tournament. He had 16 points and eight rebounds in the win over Belmont in the first round of the Big Dance. Porter started every game except the opener as a sophomore. He led the team with 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds. He added 2.7 assists and 0.9 blocks and hit 42.2 percent of his three-pointers. Porter had seven double-doubles, including 13 points and 11 rebounds in the aforementioned loss to FGCU. After the season, Porter announced that he would forgo his final two seasons of eligibility and head to the NBA.

Scores 15 in 25 minutes off bench
FChicago Bulls
March 10, 2020
Porter contributed 15 points (6-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 25 minutes during Tuesday's victory over the Cavaliers.
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Through his first three games since returning from a foot injury that forced him to miss the majority of the season thus far, Porter saw 18 minutes per game, and averaged 9.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 dimes, 1.0 triples and 1.0 blocks, while shooting 40.2 percent from the field. Luckily, he seemed to step on the gas a little in his last game, going for 23 points, four steals, three rebounds, three triples and two assists on 52.9 percent shooting. Porter couldn't quite carry that same level of momentum into this contest, but still produced a solid stat line with good shooting percentages. With a four-game week, it's possible that Porter sees some rest soon, but as long as he's on the court, he's worth sticking into your lineups for his ability to produce gems like he did in his last game.
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Porter appeared in 14 games for the Bulls during the 2019-20 season. He averaged 11.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals across 23.6 minutes. He shot 44.3 percent from the field, 38.7 percent from three and 70.4 percent from the charity stripe. Porter's single-game season highs were 23 points, six rebounds, four threes, four assists, four steals and one block. Arguably his best game of the season occurred Nov. 1 against the Pistons. In 31 minutes, Porter recorded 22 points (8-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 3-5 FT), six rebounds, four assists and one steal. Porter accumulated seven games with at least 10 points, three games with at least five rebounds and eight games with multiple assists. He also had nine games with at least one steal and six games with at least one block. A foot injury limited the amount of games Porter appeared in. He was out from Nov. 9 through Feb. 29.

2018

Porter played in 56 games in 2018-19. The versatile forward set career highs in blocks (0.6) and assists (2.1) per game. A big change occurred for Porter when he was dealt from the Wizards to the Bulls on Feb. 6, which seemed to spark his play. While a member of the Wizards in 2018-19, Porter averaged 12.6 points with a true shooting percentage of 55.1 percent. After being traded to Chicago, Porter averaged 17.5 points on a 60.9 true shooting percentage. Arguably his best performance of the season occurred as a member of the Bulls on Feb. 13 against the Grizzlies. In that contest, Porter dropped 37 points on 20 field-goal attempts along with 10 rebounds, two assists and a block across 34 minutes. That performance was one of his six double-doubles of the season. Porter racked up 10 games with at least 20 points, eight games with 10 or more rebounds, four games with at least five assists, 12 games with three-plus steals, and four efforts with at least three blocks. In addition, he ranked 15th league-wide in 3-point percentage (40.6) and 20th in steal percentage (2.3). Porter missed 10 games in December due to a right knee strain and missed the final 11 games of the year due to shoulder and knee issues.

2017

The 2017-18 season marked Porter's fifth season in the NBA. He delivered career bests in points (14.7) and rebounds (5.1) per game across 77 appearances, all of them starts. Porter scored a season-high 29 points on two occasions, both against the Warriors -- Oct. 27 and Feb. 28. He collected 10 rebounds in both games and matched a career best by making seven 3-point shots in the first meeting with the Warriors. Porter hit another seven threes against Houston on Dec. 29, adding a season-high seven assists to go with 26 points and six rebounds. He set a season high with 13 rebounds while also scoring 12 points against Miami on Nov. 15. Perhaps Porter's best game of the season came against the Clippers on Dec. 12, when he scored 27 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out five assists and recorded three steals. The Georgetown product recorded 13 double-doubles on the year. A dangerous defender, he averaged 1.5 steals again and collected three-plus steals on 16 occasions. He started all five games of the Wizards' first-round series with Toronto, averaging 10.0 points on 48.8 percent shooting along with 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.

2016

Porter took another step forward in 2016-17, setting new career bests with 32.6 minutes, 13.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals while playing 80 games (also a career high) for the Wizards. The fourth-year man continued his trend ever-improving efficiency, as his field-goal percentage ticked up to an impressive 51.6, his free-throw percentage rose to 83.2, and his three-point percentage grew to 43.4 -- all easily career highs as well. He did much of his damage from long rage, averaging 1.9 made three-pointers per game. Porter hit 30 points for the first time in his career Nov. 9, pouring in 34 along with a career-high-tying 14 rebounds, and he nearly replicated the feat Dec. 26, scoring 32 with 14 boards. Those were his most impressive double-doubles, but not the only ones -- he tallied 12 during the regular season, plus two more in the playoffs. An instrumental player for the Wizards in their two-round playoff run, Porter averaged 12.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 13 postseason contests. He set a new personal playoff best with 20 points in Game 7 of the second round against the Celtics, adding 10 rebounds as well.

2015

In Porter's third NBA season, he finally was able to establish himself as a full-time member of the Wizards' starting five. He started 73 of his career-high 75 games, playing north of 30 minutes per night and turning in averages of 11.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals, all easily career bests. Porter also improved his shooting for the second straight year, making 47.3 percent of his attempts while growing into a legitimate 3-point threat. He averaged 1.3 made threes per game, a massive improvement over 0.5 the year before. The Georgetown product turned in five double-doubles, including one Dec. 7 in which he pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds to go with 13 points. After scoring 20-plus points just once in his first two seasons, Porter achieved the feat nine times in 2015-16, and he scored a career-high 28 on 11-of-18 shooting Dec. 12 at Dallas. Porter frequently made his presence felt on the defensive end, recording multiple steals on 30 separate occasions, highlighted by a five-steal effort Mar. 12 (accompanied by 23 points).

2014

Porter saw his role grow in his sophomore season, as he became a key bench piece for Washington. His minutes more than doubled from 8.6 as a rookie to 19.4 per game in his second campaign, and he lifted his scoring average to 6.0 points while doubling his rebounding average to 3.0. Much of Porter's improvement can be attributed to better shooting, as he lifted his field-goal percentage by nearly nine points to a respectable 45 percent. Porter set his season high in scoring early on, racking up 21 points along with five rebounds Nov. 1 against the Bucks. He went on to score in double figures 18 times in 74 games. Though he never exceeded eight rebounds in regular-season play, Porter turned in strong work on the glass during the postseason, averaging 8.0 boards over 10 games -- including his first career double-double in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Atlanta, when he scored 10 points with 11 rebounds. Porter also scored 17 points alongside nine boards in Game 3 of that series, marking perhaps his finest playoff performance.

2013

The Wizards selected Porter third overall out of Georgetown in the 2013 NBA Draft, but a hip injury kept him out for training camp and the beginning of the season, limiting his ability to establish himself as a steady member of the rotation in 2013-14. Porter played 8.6 minutes per game over his 37 appearances, averaging 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds. When given more extended run, he showed an ability to impact the game on the glass, collecting eight rebounds in just under 21 minutes on Dec. 28 and six boards in less than 19 minutes Jan. 24. Porter got the most leash on Apr. 11 against Orlando, when he approached a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds, both season highs. He scored his first career playoff bucket May 13 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Pacers.

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Transaction History
  • June 27, 2013
    Drafted by the Washington Wizards in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft.
  • July 8, 2013
    Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Washington Wizards
  • July 13, 2017
    Signed a four-year contract with the Washington Wizards
  • February 6, 2019
    Traded by the Washington Wizards to the Chicago Bulls for Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis and a 2023 2nd round draft pick. (Protections removed in trade on 7/7/19)
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After signing a four-year, $106 million contract extension last offseason, Porter took to the floor for his fifth campaign, essentially duplicating his numbers from the year before. He finished with 14.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.8 three-pointers across 31.6 minutes. Most notably, he proved that his breakout shooting during the 2016-17 season wasn't a fluke, as Porter shot 50.3 percent from the floor and a career-high 44.1 percent from deep. That placed him third in the NBA for three-point percentage, behind only Darren Collison and Reggie Bullock. Despite the solid output, Porter's numbers were actually fairly disappointing considering he had a big opportunity to step up with John Wall missing 41 games due to a knee injury. Instead, he simply stuck to his usual role and let Bradley Beal do the bulk of the playmaking. With Wall healthy heading into the 2018-19 campaign, the Wizards should be back to full strength, and they also return the majority of their regular contributors. Porter should once again slot in as the third option behind both Wall and Beal offensively, while chipping in across the box score with some solid multi-category production. When you add in his stellar shooting percentages and lack of turnovers (just 1.0 per game in 2017-18), Porter should slot into that second tier of small forwards behind the superstars like LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and Paul George.
Porter, at 23-years-old last season, burst onto the scene by establishing himself as one of the league’s premier three-point threats. Out of all qualified candidates, Porter ranked fourth in three-point percentage (43.4) en route to 13.4 points per game. That percentage was behind only Joe Ingles (44.1), Allen Crabbe (44.4) and Kyle Korver (45.1). He’s also one of the NBA’s better wing defenders (1.5 steals) and commits just 0.6 turnovers while snagging a solid 6.4 rebounds per game. Over the summer, the Wizards rewarded Porter’s impressive play by matching the four-year, $106 million offer sheet by the Nets. While he will likely still remain either the third, or fourth, option within the Wizards offense (competing with John Wall, Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris), his overall skill as a player makes him tough to resist in Fantasy. Despite his place in the pecking order, Porter still has big-game upside. Notably, on Nov. 9 against the Celtics, he posted 34 points (14-19 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 14 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks across 38 minutes while committing no turnovers. While he’s relatively low-volume, Porter certainly warrants an early-round selection in most formats.
Porter held down a full-time role on the Wizards’ top unit for the first time in his three seasons in the league in 2015-16, starting 73 of 75 games at either forward spot. With the move to the starting five came enhanced minutes, but Porter didn’t exactly break out in the way some had expected coming out of training camp. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 11.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 three-pointers in 30.3 minutes per game while shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 75.4 percent from the charity stripe, numbers that made him a low-end asset in shallower fantasy formats. Though he has an intriguing pedigree as a former No. 3 overall pick, it’s clear that, in terms of usage on the offensive end, Porter is still no better than fourth in the Wizards’ pecking order behind John Wall, Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat. As such, it’s tough to count on the 23-year-old to notice a dramatic spike in his production in Year 4 unless one of those aforementioned players succumbs to a long-term injury that would conceivably open up more shot attempts and minutes for Porter. There’s still value to be had from Porter in certain fantasy formats and in real life as a developing 3-and-D wing who is also comfortable in the lower block, but so long as he remains a complementary piece in the Wizards’ attack, Porter’s ceiling remains a bit limited.
For the first two seasons of his career, the Wizards have treated Porter with kid gloves. He has played behind veterans Trevor Ariza and Paul Pierce. While Washington added Jared Dudley in the offseason, 2015-16 may be the season for the former Georgetown Hoya to come into his own. The third pick of the 2013 draft showed some signs in the playoffs with 10.0 points and 8.0 rebounds over the 10-game stretch. Overall, his second season was a modest improvement over his very quiet rookie year. Porter provided 6.0 points, 0.5 three-pointers, 3.0 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.6 assists, and 0.4 blocks. The small forward hit 45 percent of his field goals and 73 percent of his freebies. He appeared in 74 games with 13 starts and averaged 19 minutes. Porter has a diverse game that shows range beyond the arc, and he could be a quality defender with principles he learned under John Thompson III. Porter also showed a nice development curve in his two years as a Hoya, so he could be in for a breakout season, particularly if he can crack the starting lineup.
The third-overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Otto Porter Jr. had minimal impact during his rookie season. He was thought to be one of the draft's more NBA-ready prospects and was considered by many to be a relatively safe pick. However, after losing the first month of his rookie season to a hip injury, Porter never emerged as a consistent part of the Wizards' rotation, as he was stuck behind both Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster at small forward. Porter ultimately played in just 37 games, averaging 2.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.3 assists. 0.2 steals, and 0.0 blocks in nine minutes per game. Following his poor rookie season, Porter did provide cause for optimism this summer, averaging 19.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.3 blocks in six games at the Las Vegas Summer League. Just as encouraging as his strong counting stats, Porter shot 48 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range, albeit while making just 68 percent of his free throws. The Wizards still have a crowd at small forward with Paul Pierce and Martell Webster, but the team will likely find a way to work Porter in if he shows that he's much improved from last season. Porter may have an excellent opportunity to prove his worth early on, as Webster could miss the beginning of the year after undergoing back surgery in the offseason.
Everyone knew the Wizards were going to take the Georgetown star with the third pick this summer, but his fantasy impact is much more up in the air. Porter is lauded for moving well without the ball, passing well, and playing solid defense. With his backcourt mates taking most of the shot attempts, Porter should be a great long-term fit for the Wizards, but, he'll probably receive sixth-man type minutes early on. He'll need a season of experience to hone his three-point shooting.
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Drops season-high 23 in loss
FChicago Bulls
March 8, 2020
Porter scored a team-high 23 points (9-17 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-4 FT) while adding four steals, three rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 110-107 loss to the Nets.
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Will remain in bench role
FChicago Bulls
March 8, 2020
Coach Jim Boylen suggested Sunday he expects Porter to stick in a bench role for the foreseeable future, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Resurfaces in loss
FChicago Bulls
March 6, 2020
Porter chipped in eight points (4-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and a block in 19 minutes during the Bulls' 108-102 loss to the Pacers.
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Still restricted to 20-22 minutes
FChicago Bulls
March 6, 2020
Porter will remain on a restriction of 20-22 minutes for Friday's game against the Pacers, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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To see 20-22 minutes off bench
FChicago Bulls
March 4, 2020
Porter will come off the bench Wednesday against the Timberwolves and play 20 to 22 minutes, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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