Jontay Porter: Off-Ball Offense
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Movement & positioning
Porter is a great relocator and can improvise off-ball movement even though his teammates don't always find him. He is an instinctual cutter who knows where and when spots come open on the floor. He often moves to provide greater passing angles for teammates and uses the threat of his shot to keep his defender from helping much on drives. He was especially good at relocating against zone defense, moving along the perimeter and dropping into the high post to force the defense to adjust.
Porter uses his positioning well, but something is off. He doesn't bring the screens all the way to the ball handler and often doesn't draw contact, limiting the amount of space he creates for teammates. A very large portion of his screens are deferred, allowing him to slip back behind the arc and create even more space for his teammates. Though he hasn't quite mastered the art of bringing the wood, he still projects as a dangerous pick and pop player because of his ability to relocate, set his feet, and score.
Shooting off the catch
Exceptional catch and shoot numbers, especially for his size. He can hit both guarded and unguarded shots, making him a major threat as a pick-and-pop big. Smooth mechanics, high finish, and a quick shot (read more about his mechanics here) give Porter the tools to become a potent threat as an outside shooter, something few bigs in this class can boast and something which will make him a valuable commodity in this draft.
Shooting off movement
During his freshman season at Missouri, Porter wasn’t given many looks to shoot off movement. In a few cases, he was given an opportunity while moving slightly within the flow of the offense and he always managed to balance himself before extending. He will get opportunities to receive passes on the move because he is such a talented relocator, but he will more than likely put the ball on the deck or pass out in those situations, as that fits more with his skill set.
Finishing off movement
He is a smart cutter and will find holes behind the defense, however his difficulty finishing in traffic might be a deterrent in this area. Improving his footwork and learning to do the work early by sealing effectively with his frame will be an integral part of making a successful foray into this arena. Because he has a multifaceted game and is a good post passer, expect to see him get more looks in the NBA, where greater space means he will have less traffic to shoot over.