Jontay Porter: Hustle
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Porter gives variable effort throughout the game, but by and large he is competing for most of the game. Sometimes he’s engaged and disruptive crashing the glass on both ends, but sometimes he fails to make contact on box-outs or hustles for loose balls. When he gets engaged for stretches, he can make several key plays in a row. He didn’t have the greatest conditioning as a freshman, which might account for some of the up-and-down efforts, and that’s certainly an area where an NBA strength and conditioning coach may be able to make rapid progress.
An opportunistic offensive rebounder, Porter is good at recognizing when there isn't a body on him all the time and will clean the glass. He isn’t a spectacular rebounder, but his recognition and assessment of opportunity when no one is assigned to him and the court awareness to be in the right spot is a good sign. He is good at winning position early while the shot is in the air, but he will not be able to soar in over the crowd for putbacks or to grab boards at the apex.
Porter uses his length well to collect defensive boards. He doesn’t do a great job applying box outs and will occasionally give up putbacks as a result. Even though he lacks the athleticism of an apogee rebounder, he tends to approach defensive rebounding with a “go and get it” mentality. He will need to improve on staying attached to his man and relying on his positioning to do the work once he reaches the NBA.
He isn’t going to be pushing the pace like Magic in his prime nor is he going to be soaring in for poster dunks like Shawn Kemp, but Porter may still be able to carve out a role in transition. He is a good outlet passer who can start the break, though he will need to improve as a defensive rebounder to make this a more consistent part of his game. He also has the skills to be a capable trail man who can step into three pointers while opposing bigs are rushing back to the lane. He will fill lanes correctly and be a valuable spacer for more dangerous slashers.
Porter isn’t great at racing back and contesting shots, but his IQ does shine when he rotates and helps. He needs to be in position to be effective as action can often pass him by as he tries to get back. While he is comfortable rotating out on the perimeter, he knows his strengths are better utilized protecting the rim and tagging cutters and rollers and therefore will usually work his way into the middle to direct traffic as soon as he can. Of note: as a stretch big his offensive skill set often places him at the top of the key, meaning he typically has a head start getting back which can dissuade transition attacks.