I wrote about Otto Porter this week stating that based on the information I've gathered since he was drafted at Las Vegas summer league and in the aftermath that the pressure isn't on him to start.

In part it's because of Martell Webster who began as a reserve and became a starter 16 games into his first season here.

Webster signed a four-year $22 million deal as a free agent in July giving him the full mid-level exception instead of breaking it up over multiple players.

Webster who ended the 2012-13 on the injured list because of an abdominal strain and had two back surgeries before coming to Washington averaged a career-high 11.4 points and 42.2% from three-point range. That improved to 53% with John Wall on the floor.

Webster fit so well into coach Randy Wittman's offense it pushed Trevor Ariza who had been in the starting lineup until he sat with a left calf strain to the bench.

The Wizards took a risk by giving Webster a longer deal than expected but his locker-room influence adds to his value.

Going into the June draft when the Wizards selected Porter at No. 3 overall and traded for shooting guard Glen Rice they made no secret of intending to only use two of their three picks. They were determine to not add too much youth.

Wittman as did president Ernie Grunfeld wanted more veterans.

Naturally Wall will be the focal point if the Wizards are to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Webster's responsibility however shouldn't be overshadowed. He must justify the hefty raise from $1.6 million a year ago.