Kevin Porter Jr: 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.
Porter seems to have a good understanding of what he can accomplish on the court, though he might be too in-love with his ability to knock down contested jumpers, causing him to settle for bad looks instead of forcing the issue in the paint. He isn’t a great facilitator, a sizable negative for a player who projects as a predominantly on-ball contributor. He will also need to learn the flow of the offense better so he can be more involved when on the weak side.
Porter has the tools to be a disruptive defender, but his defensive awareness is currently negligible. He is a decent on-ball defender, but he tends to wander too far to be an effective off-ball threat. The one upside in this category is that he seems to be willing to learn to defend, but he hasn’t picked up much in the USC system.
Porter struggles with reading defenses and has so much confidence in his ability to create space that he can force the issue. It’s very likely that this will improve with time and, more importantly, NBA spacing, rules and pace. His game is more suited for the NBA than college, making him an enticing prospect. He is too willing to take tough shots, overconfident in his ability to convert them. He has a very isolation-heavy game which makes him a “play-to” player.
Porter is a decisive player with the ball in his hands or when committing on defense, which can be both a blessing and a curse. He tends to overestimate his ability to create a play on either end of the floor, often getting him into trouble.
Anticipation (A to C)
Porter is good as an attacker and has a good feel for side stepping help defenders and using his defender’s momentum against them. He has below average anticipation as a passer but is willing to drive and dump. He passes more for highlights or sure assists than to create ball movement and flow.