After winning the Golden State championship, Otto Porter signing with the Raptors made sense. He was another 6-foot-8 long switchback guard who could hit 3-pointers, play in transition or half court, and match the Raptors’ style of play. In addition, he brought veterans to the team at an affordable price (two years, $12.3 million).
It didn’t work. The Raptors announced that due to injuries, Porter was in street clothes for all but eight games, and he has now finished the season after undergoing surgery on his left leg.
“It was a difficult decision for Otto,” said Raptors general manager Bobby Webster. “He hoped to avoid surgery, but ultimately a decision had to be made to ensure his long-term health. We look forward to his healthy recovery.”
By opting for surgery now, Porter should be ready for the start of the 2023/24 season. The average loss of time for such procedures is approximately 5.5 months. Players with second toe injuries and surgery included Derrick White and Devin Harris. https://t.co/Klx6FUPWR1
— Jeff Stotts (@InStreetClothes) January 10, 2023
Porter has a $6.3 million player option next season, which he will no doubt take now.
This season, Porter averaged 5.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in limited minutes.
The Raptors have five days (until January 15) to apply for a Disabled Exception (DPE). This would give the Raptors $3 million (half of Porter’s $6 million salary) to sign the player for the remainder of the season, or buy the player for that amount through a trade.
He may be dressed in burgundy gold tonight in Salt Lake City, but Utah Jazz fans still love him. Donovan Mitchell.
The three-time All-Star with the Jazz traded this summer to the Cleveland Clevelands was greeted with a thrilling tribute video and much love from the Jazz crowd on Tuesday night.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 11, 2023
— NBA (@NBA) January 11, 2023
Mitchell quickly got to work and reminded the Utah believers how good he could be.
Speed is wasting no time returning to Utah!
— NBA (@NBA) January 11, 2023
Mitchell played five seasons in Utah, but when Danny Ainge came along, he thought Mitchell/Rudy Gobert the era had exhausted itself, and it was time to move on (he was right). The Jazz surprised teams early and got off to a fast start this season, but over time they came back to the ground as their defense struggled.
This summer, Mitchell looked like an NBA All-Star and possibly a starting Cavaliers All-Star who would repeat that trade 100 times out of 100.
We’re in the middle of a wild, unpredictable NBA season, and we’ve got a lot more questions: How good are the Bucks? Networks? Can Golden State flip the switch? – what answers. The midpoint also means we know which players have put themselves in the spot for NBA post-season honors. Throughout the week this season, we’ll be picking out some of the NBA’s top honors. Today:
NBA Defensive Player of the Year: Brooke Lopez
2. And Anunobi
If I had to choose who would win the award when the real votes were cast in April, it wouldn’t take much thought… The Jackson Jr. Memphis Grizzlies team. He has been the best away defenseman in the league this season, defending the rim (averaging 3.2 blocks per game) and anchoring the second-place Memphis defense. The only reason he’s not on the list right now is because he missed the first 14 games of the season with foot surgery, he just didn’t play enough games/minutes to qualify. More. He will. He will probably receive an award.
Apart from Jackson, no one has escaped with DPOY this season – it’s a crowded field of players who can do good but wrong things. This race is still wide open.
As of now, Brook Lopez tops the list as an anchor and stabilizing defensive force for the Bucks, ranking third in the league. Lopez leads the NBA in total blocked shots (101) and is tied for the lead per game (2.6). Injuries drove players in and out of the roster in Milwaukee, which weakened the Bucks’ perimeter defense, but Lopez was the anchor that held everything together. They are Giannis Antetokounmpo deserve a mention in this category, but Lopez has been more critical of the Bucks’ success this season.
Anunobi has been the best perimeter defenseman in the league this season (and I appreciate that more than some). He is a closed flank defender – Kevin Duran, Paolo Bankeroand Donovan Mitchell all shots below 40% went against him – plus he hit everything and averaged 2.3 interceptions per game (the best in the league). He also likes advanced stats (third place defensive score plus/minus in Dunks & Threes). Jarrett Allen was the anchor in the back of the best defensive team in the NBA this season, and when he was out for a while, it became obvious how important he was to them.
Young, defensively oriented hitters who can hit 3-pointers and finish shots are in high demand in the league.
Enter the hornets Jalen McDaniels. The fourth-year wing has taken a step forward this season; Given the opportunity for more minutes, he jumped at it and looked part of the future at Charlotte, averaging 10.9 points per game while also being a quality perimeter defenseman. When the Hornets stumbled, several teams, including the Suns, called to check on McDaniels’ availability. Shams Charania from The Athletic.
“Sources tell me that in recent weeks the Suns have expressed interest in (Jalen) McDaniels, as well as several other players.”
— Rally (@TheRally) January 10, 2023
Charania proposes a three-team deal that finally sends Jay Crowder from Phoenix and brings them McDaniels (and probably more), but doesn’t give any details about what that might look like. Three-team deals are notoriously difficult to pull off and rarely hit deadlines. This has signs of being leaked from Phoenix or another team…