Rookie Rankings, Week 18: An Otto Porter Sighting

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The best thing about top overall pick Anthony Bennett’s tremendously disappointing rookie season is that it OttoPorterhas provided cover for some tremendously disappointing seasons by other rookies.

Namely, Otto Porter.

Porter was taken third in the 2013 draft by the Washington Wizards and has been worse than Bennett. Much worse.

Bennett is averaging 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds while shooting just 35 percent from the floor. Pedestrian numbers, for sure, and unacceptable for a top pick who is expected to contribute right away.

But Bennett looks like Wilt Chamberlain compared to Porter, who is averaging 1.7 points and 1.4 rebounds while shooting 30 percent. Through February, he had 37 points in 215 minutes.

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NBA Draft: A Betting Preview

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nbadraft13_300x250_3 (1)Before we begin our journey up to the 2013 NBA Draft, I personally believe it is very important to get a brief history lesson when it comes to previous drafts. Here were a few proposition bets prior to last years NBA Draft for a decent brief comparison:

Anthony Davis was the unanimous selection to go number one in the draft, which was made obvious by the fact that you had to lay almost $5,000 to win $100.

When it came to the second pick, a little more confusion was brought to the table.

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Georgetown Hoyas: Five Facts for the NCAA Tourney

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Sportsbook.agThe Georgetown Hoyas are back in the NCAA Tournament, and this time around, they appear to have boom potential. They were the 2013 Big East regular season champions and are led by a National Player of the Year award candidate.

So what do you need to know about the Hoyas?

1. The Georgetown Hoyas are led by head coach John Thompson III. JT3 is the son of Naismath Basketball Hall of fame legend and former Georgetown coach John Thompson Jr., whom led the Hoyas to three Final Four appearances and one National Title. Thompson III followed in his father’s footsteps by leading Georgetown to an appearance in the 2007 Final Four.

2. In case you haven’t heard, Otto Porter is pretty good. Porter won the Big East Player of the Year award, is a Wooden Award finalist and may just be the most well-rounded player in the nation. His averages of 16.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.9 blocks on 43.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc proves such.

3. Georgetown’s scoring defense is one of the best in the nation. The Hoyas rank ninth in opponent points per game, seventh in opponent field goal percentage and 36th in opponent three-point field goal percentage.

4. If you’re looking for an X-Factor, it’s D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera. The Hoyas are 10-2 when the freshman guard scores in double-figures. More impressively, they’ve won eight of their past nine games in which DVSR has reached said plateau.

5. If you’re looking for a team that has momentum on their side, Georgetown is your squad. After beginning the season at 12-4, they’ve won 13 of their past 15 games. That includes victories over Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame and two wins against Syracuse.

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Tweet of the Day: Kevin Durant

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Zagoria Column: Featured Future Pro, UCLA’s Kyle Anderson


By Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog

Kyle Anderson isn’t on’s 2013 Mock Draft board just yet, but the talented point guard could end up in the NBA by 2014.

The 6-foot-8 Anderson out of Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony has an extremely high basketball IQ and has drawn comparisons to Magic Johnson, Jalen Rose and a young Lloyd Daniels.

“He’s got a chance to be one-and-done, but he’s gotta play with some good players,” said one Division 1 assistant coach who recruited Anderson. “He’s gotta do some things with his body to get him ready.

“I don’t think the family’s going to rush it. I think two years [of college], he should be good. You gotta work your ass off.

Anderson on Monday ended a much-hyped recruiting process by choosing UCLA over Seton Hall, St. John’s, Florida and Georgetown, crushing the souls of many Seton Hall fans in the process.

In addition to the appeal of the warm weather and ambience of Los Angeles, Anderson decided that Bruins head coach Ben Howland was the best man to prepare him for a pro career.

Howland has tutored current NBA point guards Russell Westbrook, Darren Collison and Jrue Holiday.