Jontay Porter: Intelligence
Our scouting grades represent the composite opinion of at least three different scouts. Each category is graded based on how we view a player’s current ability level relative to NBA players at the same position (guard, wing, forward or big). A grade of 1 indicates replacement level, a grade of 5 indicates NBA average, and a grade of 10 indicates historically elite. Our composite scouting notes help provide context for our grades.
One of the most impressive facets of his game, Porter is highly aware on the court, consistently showing he knows where opponents are and where his teammates are. He clearly points out open or soon to be open teammates to his ball handler, displaying knowledge and basketball IQ well beyond his 19 years. While we discussed his health being a major factor in the amount of playing time he will get, his awareness will keep him on the court as soon as he can get healthy enough to play.
Porter has outstanding situational awareness, very aware of the weak side of the floor especially. He can execute traps when called upon and is outstanding at reading double teams from the mid-post area. He is also very good at identifying when he needs to tag the roller and rotating to address them before they get too deep. Offensively he identifies the holes in the defense, generates key hockey assists, and converts buckets by being in the right spot at the right time.
A player who consistently puts himself in good positions when he is forced to make a decision, Porter is capable of making decisions and adapting on the move. Most of the time, his decision-making both as a passer and a defender is off the charts, but it really needs to improve when he cannot create his own shot off the dribble. If he has an opening he can normally make reads, but if the opposing team is denying rather than helping he can become turnover-prone because of his lack of self-creation and aggressiveness as a scorer.
An interesting wrinkle in his game, Porter is very decisive when he is confronted with a choice, even if his teammates aren’t. This sometimes leads to situations which look like a blatant gaffe on his part but, upon review, are usually a result of someone else being out of position. He is one of the highest IQ players in this draft and perhaps one of the highest IQ players in the league, but getting on the court to show off this prowess is another matter entirely.
Anticipation (A to C)
Not tremendously quick or fast, Porter is still good at recognizing the natural flow of the game on both ends. He shows good a-to-c logic to generate a steal on defense and makes passes to teammates right when they are about to become open. He also is good at anticipating where teammates should be when he is on the move, allowing him to find open shooters. His defensive rotations are very good, though sometimes quicker players simply beat him to the spot when he tries to help.