DAR Sports: Kevin Porter Jr's Potential

By Jeff Axel 

Kevin Porter Jr has had turmoil early on in his career. Between suspensions, throwing food over what he felt was disrespect and getting traded for a 2nd round pick, he’s had a bit of adversity to start his career. He averaged 10 points per game on 44% from the field off the bench in his rookie season, which isn’t bad for the 29th pick. He had a 30 point game against the Heat and a 24 point game against the Pelicans off the bench last season so the talent is there. After the unfortunate circumstances hit him, luckily Kevin Porter Jr. has shown resilience and took a stint to the G League and played excellent basketball. His consistency has been rewarded as he’s been called up to the Houston Rockets and played in his first game just the previous night. In 15 games, he averaged 24 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds a game. The Houston Rockets are likely moving some of their veterans at the trade deadline since they’ve lost 14 straight games, so KPJ should see some more playing time. 

Christian Wood got injured early on and the Rockets season went to hell. This is now the perfect opportunity for Kevin Porter Jr to expand off a decent rookie season and quality play in the G league. He has shown an improved court vision since he came out of college with a solid 3 level scoring game. At 6’7, he has a solid handle and if he continues to playmake and cut down on his turnovers, he can build himself into a borderline All-Star player. He has a quick first step, as well as a strong finishing ability with an array of finishes with either hand. He’s a solid midrange shooter as well with an improving 3 point shot. Kevin Porter Jr belongs in the NBA and him having to go to the G League after multiple incidents may have been the path he needed to take to breakthrough into a consistent starting caliber wing.

I personally think he has the tools at 21 years old to be a young building block for the Houston Rockets. Once Kevin Porter Jr. gets into the rotation with Christian Wood, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kevin Porter Jr. averaged around 15 points once his position gets cleared via trade or buyout. Since the Rockets most likely will miss the playoffs, I definitely think we’ll see more games like the ones below. Da Hoop Panel is rooting for Kevin Porter Jr. to maximize his potential since this is a clean slate and a fresh start. We’re hoping he thrives in Houston. Only time will tell. 



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