Ruzious wrote:leroyjw10 wrote:Portis has previously played on bad teams in bad situations. I'm not going to hold that against him. A good system with an established pecking order can turn almost anyone around.
But he's been a contributing reason for those teams being bad. Of course that should be held against him.
That assertion doesn't hold much water statistically:
Last yr he had a basically neutral on/off +/-: -0.2
In '19 the Wizards marginally out-played their opponents w/ him on the court: +.0.8. And his on/off was quite positive: +4.7.
Earlier that season was his worst, when he sported a -3.3 on/off, exacerbating their terrible -11.3 overall. But a small sample.
A much bigger one his previous season he enjoyed his best on/off +/-: a strong +8.
Had a positive on/off +/- in his lone playoff stint against Boston. Prior to that it was negative as a developing player.
And all of his teams were expected to do poorly outside of him, besides maybe his rookie season.
It certainly can be de-motivating always playing with such dross & for nothing. Especially for a player that was noted for his intensity in pre-draft scouting reports & had semi-positive defensive projections surrounding it, his feet, + solid wingspan.
That, a positive playoff performance, & extended stints of satisfaction from fans, surrounded by indifference & dissatisfaction, gives us realistic hope he could wind up an asset on a contending team with a good coach. A savvy move at this low price.