What about the offensive end, then?
As for the offensive end, Porter could improve as a passer, but he made strides there over his time at Wichita State, and as he was featured more and more on-ball, his reads got better as a ball mover, and his timing in hitting shooters can lead to great looks.
That passing was urgency on display throughout Summer League, including in transition sequences, and if he were to have chances playing with the Cavaliers, that could help generate easy shots for Max Strus and Georges Niang.
Now, Porter’s processing as a passer in pick-and-roll situations is an area where he’ll have to show more progression with the Charge, for example, and whether he’d be viable offensively more off-ball is a reasonable question that’d he have to answer in time. And Porter’s free throw hit rate at Wichita State was 69.0 percent, which wasn’t the greatest for a guard.
Fortunately, though, Porter hit 36.3 percent from three last season, with plenty of his looks being on-ball, which was encouraging for his long-term outlook as a potential rotational guard. Along with that, with his change-of-pace, improving feel and athleticism, there’s real upside for him as a scorer and, realistically, a distributor.
Of course, there’s a bunch of others involved, such as Ricky Rubio and Ty Jerome, not even with Darius Garland in that rotational sense, and Porter is on a two-way contract currently. So it’s unclear if he’ll have true meaningful opportunities with the Cavaliers next season.
But, if Cleveland were to at some point move Rubio as part of a trade package, or if he doesn’t respond well next season early on and is out of the rotation, perhaps some minutes could open up for Porter with the Cavs. Those would be for energy, defense and his above the rim athleticism, and at least theoretically, could arise from injuries or for certain matchups.
Either way, even with him already 23 years old and an older prospect, the JUCO product in Porter has worked his tail off to get to this point, and he’s the kind of cultural piece that could fit in really well upon further development. Whether or not he is a player whose two-way deal eventually gets converted to a standard contract at some point next season or following training camp, he’s a quality prospect to have within the Cavs’ organization.