|Full Name:||Otto Porter Jr.|
|Place of Birth:||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Parents:||Elnora and Otto Porter Sr.|
Otto Porter Jr. was born on June 3, 1993. Porter Jr. is currently a professional American basketball player for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA. Otto attended Scott County Central High School and established himself as a 4-star recruit going into college. He comes from a basketball family that shared a large portion of history at Scott County Central High School. His father, Otto Porter Sr., was a member of the 1976 Scott County Central High School. This was the first year the school had won the title. His mother, Elnora Porter, also played for Scott County Central and helped them win the state championship in 1984. His two uncles, as well as his younger brother Jeffery, have all won state titles at this same high school.
Otto went on to play for the Georgetown Hoyas in college. Porter Jr. played two seasons for the Hoyas before declaring for the NBA Draft. He was selected third overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards.
Otto Porter Jr. played six seasons for the Washington Wizards before being traded to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis, and a protected 2023 second-round draft pick. Otto Porter Jr. found success with the Bulls right away, scoring a career-high 37 points in his first week with the team.
Otto Porter Jr. attended Scott County Central High School in Sikeston, Missouri. The Porter family tree looms large in Scott County Central history. As a player there he earned All-State honors as a junior and a senior. These honors also came with winning. Otto Porter Jr. led the Braves to three consecutive Class 1 State Championships, totaling 15 titles for the school (a state-wide record).
In his senior year, Otto poured in 30 points per game and also pulled down 14 rebounds per game. The Scott County Central Braves finished that year with a 29-2 record and another State Championship. His massive statistics and winning record helped establish himself as a 4-Star recruit. In the 2011 recruiting class, Otto was listed as the eighth-ranked power forward and 37th player overall.
The Missouri kid decided to leave his hometown and transition into bigger and better things. The 4-star small forward signed his National Letter of Intent with the Georgetown Hoyas. Otto Porter Jr. showed major improvement in each of his years as a Hoya. In his freshman year, Otto averaged 9.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. The following year, as a sophomore, he massively increased these numbers. In his sophomore season, Otto Porter Jr. averaged 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
Otto Porter Jr. helped the Hoyas to a 75-7 record in 2012-13, and a number 2 seed in the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship Tournament. Do you remember that magical run by Florida Gulf Coast that helped the school proclaim their nickname “Dunk City?” Well, Porter’s Hoyas were a stepping stone in that piece of history, as they were knocked off by the 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast Eagles in the first round of the tournament.
Even with a disappointing end to his stint at Georgetown, Otto Porter had a lot of bright sides to look at. He was named Big East Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award.
Otto Porter Jr.’s NBA career began in 2013 when he was selected third overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards. However, the Wizards had to wait for their new addition to play as he missed training camp and the first 18 games of the 2013-14 season due to an injury to his hip. When he finally got to make his NBA debut on December 6, he did not manage to score a point in 14 minutes of play. In his first NBA season, Otto set his career-high at nine points. In 2015, Otto set his new career-high with 28 points in a 114-11 win against the Dallas Mavericks.
Otto Porter Jr. proved to be a work in progress, as he steadily improved year by year. In 2016-17 he poured in a new career-high 34 points against the Boston Celtics on November 9. In that season, Otto improved his averages to 13.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game. He also shot 43.4 percent from three-point range, giving him the fourth-best three-point shooting percentage in the league that year.
After a highly effective season, the Brooklyn Nets tried to make a run at Otto. On July 4, 2017, the Nets offered Porter Jr. a 4-year, $106.5 million contract- a maximum offer. The Washington Wizards decided to match the offer sheet, retaining Otto Porter. Otto was solid, to say the least over the next seasons until the Chicago Bulls decided he would be a great fit for their squad. On February 6, 2019, the Chicago Bulls sent Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis, and a 2023 second-round pick to the Wizards in exchange for Otto. Just one week after the trade, Otto Porter dropped a career-high 37 points in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Since then, he has provided great value for the Bulls but has missed some time due to injury in the 2019-20 season.
Porter Jr.'s first deal with the Washington Wizards was for 4 years, $19.3 million. His average salary over that time was $4.8 million per year. In 2018, the Washington Wizards matched the Brooklyn Nets offer sheet with a 4-year, $106.5 million contracts, massively increasing his salary. Now a Chicago Bull, Otto is the 14th highest paid forward in the league and is set to be the highest-paid player on the Chicago Bulls this season. His endorsement deals are unknown, but it is estimated that he earned upwards of $500,000 off various endorsement deals this year, in addition to his $26 million salary.
Otto Porter Jr. signed a 4-year, $19.3 million deal with the Washington Wizards in 2013.
Otto Porter Jr. signed a 4-year, $106.5 million deal with the Washington Wizards in 2018. (matched Brooklyn Nets offer)
Otto Porter Jr. comes from a basketball family that shared a large portion of history at his high school alma mater Scott County Central High School. The Porter name extends throughout many years of the school’s history. His father, Otto Porter Sr., was a member of the 1976 Scott County Central High School. This was the first year the school had won the title. His mother, Elnora Porter, also played for Scott County Central and helped them win the state championship in 1984. His two uncles, as well as his younger brother Jeffery, have all won state titles at this same high school. Otto Porter grew up in Sikeston, Missouri, and played for the same team that his parents did.
He is currently married to Jaclyn Humphrey. They do not have any children together.