A year and then that’s it. But what a year! Arrived on tiptoe at the Warriors, with a one-year contract at minimum wage, Otto Porter Jr. walked away with an NBA championship ring. His rating has soared, and here they are at the Raptors with a two-year, $12 million contract. He is one of the two rookies in the team, along with Juancho Hernangomez.
In Toronto, he hopes to transmit this champion DNA to a young and very ambitious team. To support him, there is Thaddeus Young, another big brother of the team.
” Like Thad said, we have a group of young guys who are… hungry. They are ready to do whatever it takes. I’m an extra veteran to help Thad with them, and they’re already stealing stuff from us because they want to get to that level. And it’s our job to pass on the information that I received from Golden State or from my previous years. We absolutely want to share this with the younger generation. »
In terms of the game, he is aware that you cannot replace a Stephen Curry or a Draymond Green, but there are principles that can work in any team.
” It’s just the ball going around, the movement of the players and the ball.” sues Otto Porter Jr. “You have to force the defense to change, and what is at the heart of the attack is to make successful defensive stops. It all starts with defensive stops to go on the counterattack. And when you find yourself on half-court, it’s about taking your time, finding your shooting positions, moving, always, and getting the ball around. »
Does he see any similarities between the Raptors and Warriors?
” It’s especially in defense because we “switch” a lot with a very versatile five. Any returning player can play in any position. It’s definitely useful“.
|2018-19 *||All Teams||56||30||46.5||40.6||81.3||1.0||4.6||5.6||2.1||1.9||1.5||1.2||0.6||13.9|
|2020-21 *||All Teams||28||22||43.2||37.5||85.7||1.0||4.4||5.4||2.0||1.5||0.6||0.9||0.1||9.7|