Jontay Porter: On-Ball Offense

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.


 
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Ball-Handling

Porter has an above average handle for a big of his size. He can attack using straight line drives or execute grab-and-go maneuvers upon collecting a defensive rebound. He is also adept at using his length to kick the ball out in front of him and creating space when attacking closeouts against other bigs. He is smart with his limited dribble moves and will attack opponents when moving downhill in order to draw fouls.


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Passing

One of his strengths, Porter is a capable passer who will scan through primary, secondary, and even tertiary options quickly. He is an effective system passer who knows the ins-and-outs of the offense, looking for advantages as plays unfold and racking up hockey assists. He is a good passer from the high post and will use his own gravity to free up shooters, particularly in the corner. He is adept at finding cutters and spot-up shooters while on the move. He does a great job pulling down defensive rebounds and getting the ball into the front court with on-time and accurate passes.


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Shooting off the dribble

Shooting off the dribble isn't exactly the foremost skill on Porter’s resume, but it is still a tool in his kit. He will never be a player who takes a lot of attempts on the move, but he has shown some nice jumpers after taking a pound dribble and stepping into a mid range shot. His ability to make good things happen when putting the ball on the deck will be further enhanced if he is a threat to score from 15 feet.


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Finishing off the dribble

Porter notably struggles when taking the ball into the paint. Though he is long and able to finish with either hand, he struggles mightily when faced with contact. This is one major area where his subpar athleticism and lack of any real explosiveness will hurt him. He will never be able to alleviate the athletic concerns completely, but adding strength and some practiced footwork to his arsenal of moves will significantly downplay this trouble area. He has great feet along the perimeter but his post work needs some polishing. Adding up-and-unders and a few shot fakes should be enough to create some space.


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Finishing in the post

Porter struggles against lengthy and athletic defenders when trying to post up. Similar to his finishing off the dribble, he is a smart player with good body control, so adding a few post-up moves will afford him some breathing room. Post-ups are currently out of fashion in the NBA, but a high quality passer like Jontay can adapt a post-up game to collapse defenses and give his teammates space along the perimeter. He does have a nice face-up game, utilizing step-backs and turnaround jumpers to take advantage of his length.