Wizards' Porter comfortable on home turf

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 28, 2013 at 6:05 pm •  Published: June 28, 2013
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"I'm blessed to be in this position and I can't wait to play," Porter said, a Wizards hat adorning his head. As for not having to change location, he noted, "It just makes my transition a lot easier."

Though Porter excelled throughout his sophomore campaign with the Hoyas, he truly joined the national conversation on Feb. 23 by scoring 33 points in Georgetown's victory at Syracuse. That was also the moment the player himself began believing his NBA dreams could come true.

"I had a big game and thought, 'Wow, this could actually happen,'" Porter said.

Grunfeld didn't indicate when he first envisioned Porter as a high lottery selection or potential fit for the Wizards' plan. What he believes now is the just turned 20-year-old can be part of the team's playoff push.

"(Porter) adds to what we already have, a very solid backcourt with John Wall and Bradley Beal. He'll be a very good complement in the frontcourt to those players. And they're all very young," Grunfeld said.

With Wall injured and Beal learning the NBA game, the Wizards began last season 4-28. Fueled by its talented and youthful backcourt —Wall is 22 and Beal turned 20 on Friday — Washington rebounded with a 25-25 finish.

The Wizards entered the offseason without a long-term fit at small forward. Last season Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza formed an effective offense-defense combination. Ariza recently opted into the final year of his contract while Webster, who posted career highs in scoring (11.4) and 3-point shooting (42.2), is a free agent.

Now another young talent joins the mix, one taught the past two years by Thompson.

Asked how Porter fits with the Wizards, Thompson said, "We keep using this word 'versatile.' What that means is whatever the coach wants of him, he'll be able to do, to complement the pieces already here. They have a very good young nucleus and so the future is bright."