Kevin Porter Jr: Tools
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Porter has great speed and acceleration. He has long strides and gets end-to-end quickly. He has the quickness to blow by opponents, but struggles to create enough separation with his dribble to attack downhill in the half court. One major issue he faces will be learning to apply his athleticism in a practical way to create better offensive looks at the basket rather than settling for jump shots.
Porter has good tools, but this is another area where he doesn’t currently get the most out of his physical capabilities. He is shifty with the ball and has some flashy east-west dribble moves, though he hasn’t learned to string together complex offensive motions to his advantage. Learning to harness his agility and use those side-to-side dribble moves to set up downhill attacks will be critical to becoming a quality on-ball NBA player. On defense, he does a good job of sliding his feet to stay in front of opponents.
One of his more well-utilized physical tools, Porter is an excellent leaper who is a legitimate threat to play above the rim. He can elevate quickly and fiercely, particularly when he has his momentum going downhill. He can reach his apogee off either foot and can attack from distance by jumping out instead of up. He is also able to handle contact while in the air, though he hasn’t quite put everything together to be a dangerous rim attacker; if he can, all the tools of a very potent attacker are already in place.
Porter can absorb contact and, to borrow a football term, shake off arm tackles on the way to the rim. He is especially good at getting the ball up through contact when attacking the rim on the move. Defensively, he needs to show more restraint in this area, often reaching and picking up cheap fouls.
Porter already looks like an NBA guard when he is on the floor. He has broad shoulders and good upper body strength. He has even shown good core strength when attacking the rim, an unusual skill for young players. He should be able to add a few more pounds which will allow him to attack defenders a little more as well as absorb the wear and tear of an NBA schedule.