What They're Saying About the #WizDraftPosted on June 29, 2013 by
Jeremy Hyman | WashingtonWizards.com
There was a lot of intrigue about this year's draft and for good reason; nobody knew what to expect heading into the night. The Wizards entered the night with three picks, but flipped their two second rounders to move up three spots and grab Glen Rice, Jr. They ended the night by adding two quality players to the roster in Otto Porter and Rice, Jr. What did the experts think about the #WizDraft?
ESPN.COM DRAFT GRADE: A
"I love this pick for Wizards. Porter is a perfect fit for this team. He doesn't need the ball to make a big impact on the floor. I think he's the perfect wing to pair with John Wall and Bradley Beal, and he could help the Wizards make the playoffs next year. Rice Jr. was also a great pick. He led his team to a D-League championship and won MVP. He's a bit of a tweener, but his athleticism and shooting ability make him a potential spark plug off the bench."
Chad Ford, ESPN.COM
CBSSPORTS.COM DRAFT GRADE: A+
"(Porter) is a leader. He's going to be able to attack for them. This Wizards team is really headed in the right direction. (Rice Jr.) is big and athletic, able to contribute right away. Tremendous value pick."
Matt Moore, CBS.COM
SI.COM DRAFT GRADE: WINNER
"Porter’s fit alongside John Wall and Bradley Beal is so logical it barely warrants further comment. Washington is essentially set at the 1-2-3 positions going forward and ready to proceed with its goal of making the playoffs for the first time since 2008."
Ben Golliver, SI.COM
USA TODAY DRAFT GRADE: A
The Wizards made the smart pick, then they made the smart trade. Porter is the perfect fit for this team, even though he lacks the upside of many of the available options. He will step in and start from Day One. And Rice will be the team's top backup wing, if not this year then soon. They dealt the Nos. 38 and 54 picks for Rice, who arguably was the best player in the NBA Development League last year but slipped for off the court issues.
Adi Joesph, USA TODAY
SB NATION DRAFT GRADES: A (Fit), A- (Immediate Impact)
Porter was the easy, perfect pick for Washington: a talent level fit for the No. 3 pick, a fit in his hometown community after playing at Georgetown, and he fits a team need at small forward. Impossible to miss. And Rice seems like a great value pick…throw these guys in alongside John Wall and Bradley Beal, and there are good things afoot in Washington.
Rodger Sherman, SB NATION
BLEACHER REPORT DRAFT GRADE: A+
Otto Porter is a terrific fit for the Washington Wizards thanks to his versatility and ability to spread the court for John Wall's aggressive drives to the basket. The Georgetown product will also be a great defender at the professional level. (Rice) can shoot the ball from the outside and slash to the basket with his athleticism. Expect him to work his way into the rotation rather quickly, especially because he already has some experience playing against NBA-caliber talent.
Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report
From a roster standpoint, Porter is a perfect match for the Wizards’ short- and long-term needs. (His) polished game should translate well to the NBA. At 6 feet 9, Porter is a skilled ball-handler and an efficient mid-range shooter and passer. He’s a relentless rebounder, extremely versatile — in the NBA, Porter should be able to guard forwards and guards — has excellent court vision and is super sharp. Porter understands concepts such as floor spacing and tempo. For these reasons, Porter was the draft’s most NBA-ready player.
Jason Reid, WASHINGTON POST