Kevin Porter Jr: Hustle
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Porter competes when he is locked in, though he can dominate the game one minute and disappear the next. Developing consistency will be key moving forward. He also gets frustrated on drives when he feels he has been fouled, often causing him to miss a play on the defensive end.
Porter isn’t aggressive on the glass, in spite of owning the physical tools to make high-level plays. His frame and explosiveness enable him to be a little above average, though he hasn’t shown any special nose for finding the basketball on the offensive glass.
Again, Porter’s frame and explosiveness are big factors here. He is able to elevate early and grab the ball near the apex. He is also lighting-fast in the open court which means he can turn long rebounds (a lot of what he collects on a nightly basis) into quick points in transition.
Porter is explosive in the open floor, showing a semi-complete combination of speed, power, and skill. Once he builds momentum it is very difficult to stop him from getting to the rim. He has some flashy dribble moves which can wrong-foot defenders and make them look foolish. He is dangerous when no one is in front of him and can push the ball out ahead of the defense, but he often settles for a three-pointer when he is the secondary break man. He can make simple plays as a passer in transition, but driving to the basket is always his first option, where his vertical athleticism makes him a great finisher.
While his most noteworthy skill in this department is his ability to get blocks from the weak side and from behind, Porter isn’t a very heady transition defender. He often over-rotates and leaves gaps or gets lost in traffic and doesn’t really guard anyone.