Kevin Porter Jr: Off-Ball Offense

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Movement & positioning

While he is engaged and active on the ball, Porter tends to be a bit more lukewarm when away from the action. He tends to let action develop and will sometimes make himself available as a safety valve, but he isn’t actively trying to move into soft spots. He is a middling catch-and-shoot player who should be adding more in this department than he has shown. One thing of note, he will often take a dribble after passing up a catch-and-shoot so he can get into rhythm. At times, he shows an enthusiasm for cutting. He likes to cut along the baseline for alley-oops or dunks. However, his timing needs to improve.


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Screening

Though Porter has the size and ability to be a guard-to-guard screener, USC hasn’t utilized him in this way.


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Shooting off the catch

Porter hasn’t quite tapped into his potential as a catch-and-shoot player. He isn’t proficient at working hard in relocation to get a great looks and will often settle for a contested shot off the catch or take a dribble into traffic. While his best role likely includes being an on-ball contributor, he will need to polish his ability to make good decisions as a catch-and-shoot threat to truly unlock his full offensive potential. Additionally, his shooting mechanics will need work to develop into a consistent threat from beyond the arc.


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Shooting off movement

This is another area Porter hasn’t quite perfected. He has shown an understanding of how things should work, but he doesn’t often make great follow-up decisions taking what the defense gives him. He has a good understanding of how to move his feet and get his steps lined up correctly to be able to catch and fire on curls, but he still needs to work on stopping his momentum on cuts where he runs parallel to the baseline. He does most of his offensive damage on the ball, but he still might be able to hone this into a skill because he has good feet and can elevate to get a good shot.


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Finishing off movement

Porter hasn’t had a lot of opportunity to show his ability to finish off movement, but he’s shown decent flashes in a limited sample. He is incredibly explosive which gives him options as a cutter. He has good body control and can finish through contact. One encouraging sign for his future is his willingness to initiate contact with defenders while on the move. He isn’t afraid to jostle and rely on his own athleticism to allow him to win match-ups when he has momentum.