2. Rebounding and basketball skillsets are off the charts
The youngster that grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma has talked about wanting to be a big man when he was growing up and while he grew to 6’2″ it wasn’t the ideal height for a post player like one of his favorite players of the past Dwight Howard. He also came to like Rajan Rondo as well and when he described his game he brings up these two former NBA stars.
His rebounding has been off the charts going back to his college days. Porter plays with persistence you can see when he’s on the court. He likes to get inside and fight among the big men trying to bring down the boards.
His instincts have led him to be sneaky and quick on shots that are being taken and be able to be in the right spots for the boards.
His footwork both on defense and offense has been awesome to observe so far. He’s constantly getting up and through the passing lanes and disrupting the opponent’s offenses.
On offense his ability to shift gears, hesitate or blow by an opponent has been fun to watch as well. When he knocked two fading jumpers down with a guy in his face in the second half of the semifinal game I was very impressed. Developing that jumper and keeping the defender off balance because they don’t know what you’re going to do next is always a great advantage and Porter seems to come about these things naturally.