Otto Porter Jr says that leaving Steph Curry open for any kind of 3 is a bad idea and that’s why he gave up his corner 3 for that shot.
The Golden State Warriors had a sneaky good offseason in 2021. Steph Curry proved he can be the best player on a Playoff caliber team last season with a slew of injuries hitting the Dubs. With Klay Thompson coming back from his torn Achilles and ACL injuries around Christmas time, Curry and GSW will look to contend for a title.
Coming back to the ‘sneaky good offseason’, the Otto Porter Jr and Nemanja Bjelica signings are extremely underrated. Both are incredible shooters, with the former even bringing a healthy dose of perimeter defense to the table.
With Klay surely taking a step back defensively due to his injuries, and Steph Curry not being all too much of a defensive savant, having Porter Jr out there will be extremely helpful. Of course, what’s most important however, is the perimeter shooting the former Bull provides.
Otto Porter Jr explains passing the ball to Steph Curry on a corner 3.
Last night’s Warriors-Nuggets game saw the Dubs squeeze out a close one against Denver as they won 118-116. Following the game, Otto Porter Jr was asked about a particular play that saw him pass up a corner 3 to a wide open Steph Curry as halftime was approaching.
“I looked and they left Steph wide open. I was like, ‘Me, okay, but Steph, you gonna leave him open? Bad idea buddy’”
“I looked, and they left Steph wide open. I was like me, okay, but Steph, you gonna leave him open? Bad idea, buddy.”
Otto Porter Jr. on passing up an open corner shot to get it to Steph 💯 pic.twitter.com/Vee5UMGHrG
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) October 7, 2021
The play that’s being referenced here is one that saw Andrew Wiggins drive and dish out to Porter Jr on the right corner. This is usually his bread-and-butter and rightfully drew a double team from Aaron Gordon and Monte Morrie. This however, led to Steph Curry being wide open on the wing. A simple pump fake into a 3 saw the Warriors take a 63-62 lead.
Otto Porter Jr has shot 8-13 from beyond the arc in two preseason games and it’s safe to say that the Warriors are going to be absolutely lethal from range with 4 guys including Jordan Poole on the perimeter.