Pre-Draft Stats

PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% EFG% PER
9.9 6.8 2.2 1.4 2.7 43.7 36.4 75.0 52.1 21.7
Sales Pitch
Extremely skilled offensive big that should transition perfectly to the Modern NBA but has an alarming injury history
Background
A year ago, there was a serious amount of hype around the Missouri basketball team and the hyped talent of last years first-round selection Michael Porter Jr. Quickly, the college basketball world realized that his brother was a serious NBA talent as well. Jontay Porter is everything you want in a modern day big. He can stretch the defense. He displays a crafty offensive ability for a player of his size, and the potential is promising. The problem? A history of ACL injuries including another one this year while he was training. If not for the injury history, Porter would have found himself as a potential lottery selection this year. The talent is there, but what team is going to gamble on Porter's ability to stay healthy...that's the million dollar question.
Positives

FLOOR SPACER

  • Can shoot it and shoot it well for a big. Great pick and pop threat. Solid form and has shown the ability to extend his range. 

PASSING

  • Fantastic passer for a big. Sees the floor well. Quick through his reads and most importantly is accurate.

PICK AND ROLL THREAT

  • Shows flashes of being a multi-dimensional weapon in the pick and roll game. Can pop and stretch defenses or can become a playmaker off of short rolls. 
Negatives

INJURY HISTORY

  • Do we need to remind you about the ACL tears?

ATHLETICISM

  • Below average athlete who lacks quickness. Not an ideal combination in a big. Needs to live in the weight room which could solve a lot of problems.

FINISHING 

  • Because of his below average athleticism, has issues with finishing around the rim. Misses a ton of easy opportunities. 
Overall
Porter will be a fascinating Draft Day storyline because his range is going to be so wide. Let's not sugarcoat this one...the injury history is terrifying. Porter has claimed that he ignored doctors orders (why?) and rushed back from his first ACL injury only to retear his ACL in a preseason workout. It also doesn't help that his brother is injury prone as well. If teams can get past that, there's no denying the talent. Porter can stretch the defense and is a silky smooth big that should transition well with the modern NBA. He could go anywhere from the late first to the middle second at this point.
Birthplace

Columbia, MO
United States