Jontay Porter: Tools
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Porter has below average speed for a player his size. He runs in transition but isn’t a threat to beat opponents up the floor, usually letting his passing do the work. While he hustles back on defense, he can get beat by more athletic bigs. He will likely thrive as an outlet passer on a speedy team but, otherwise, will probably be better utilized by a proficient side-to-side half court offense.
Porter’s agility from his freshman season falls in the middle of the spectrum. He has great feet and can turn his hips well, but lacks the explosiveness to stay in front of smaller players for long stretches. He generally likes to be in correct position and have the offense play to him because his recovery speed is limited. This is an area of concern for Porter, not because he lacks lateral quickness, but because he is coming off a significant lower body injury, tearing his ACL in October of 2018. Should he be robbed of any agility by the injury, he could have a hard time staying on the floor.
While Porter isn’t explosive, he does make great use of his length. He has a long torso and long arms, both of which he puts to use to block shots. His leaping is more of a problem on the offensive end because he cannot elevate over opponents and doesn’t score well in traffic. This is another area of concern for Porter, though less so because he isn’t as reliant on his jumping ability to make an impact.
Porter has good body control on the defensive end, contesting and altering shots without fouling. On offense, his lack of lower body strength is more evident, where he can get jostled off his spot and miss shots because of contact. He uses his shoulders well and can contain perimeter players using his strong arms. He blocked 1.7 shots per game off the bench for Missouri and altered many other shots because he understands how to utilize his limited physical tools effectively.
Porter has a solid upper body with long arms and broad shoulders, which he uses well in all facets of the game. Whichever team drafts him will have to address his health concerns, but adding lower body strength to give him a better base (and hopefully strengthen the muscles around his knees to take stress off them and prevent further injury) should be a high priority.