With the strong draft the Wizards just had, the District of Columbia is getting more and more excited for the upcoming season. The Wizards have added numerous pieces to the roster, and may still be looking into signing DeJuan Blair, but the talk of the off-season will revolve around the small forward position.
The #3 overall pick was used on 6’8 forward Otto Porter. Small forward was the position of need for the Wizards, which Otto should fill very well, but the position got better with the re-signing of Martell Webster for a 4-year deal, and Trevor Ariza is still a veteran at the position. While Ariza is still currently in the mix, the two that have the best chance at getting the starting job are Porter and Webster.
Martell Webster already has the upper hand in the battle because of his experience and Otto Porter lackluster and injury riddled play in the Las Vegas Summer League. Otto Porter has a lot of upside at the position and will eventually become the starting 3 of the future, but will he adjust in camp and be ready to start from day 1?
Webster is coming off his best season of his 8 years in the league, averaging 11.4 points per game, but the stand out stat was shooting percentage from the 3-point line at 42%. Going into camp and into the beginning of the season, I think Martell Webster will be the starter.
Whoever gets the start between the two will be a solid starting 3-man, and whoever ends up coming off the bench will provide a nice lift to the Wizards second unit while also seeing plenty of minutes. There will also likely be many times when we see both Porter and Webster on the floor together. It isn’t hard to see the small forward position becoming a strength for Washington in the near future. As fans, let’s just hope that near future is the 2013-14 season!