One of the most encouraging developments for the Cleveland Cavaliers thus far in the first near-quarter of the 2023-24 season has been the play of Craig Porter Jr.
Porter, who is on a two-way contract, and went undrafted, has looked like a heck of a steal by Cleveland. While there have been a couple of tough outings for Porter, by and large, his contributions have been nothing short of impressive for the most part, when the opportunities have been there for the Wichita State product.
In what's amounted to 11 appearances to this point for him, Porter has averaged 8.3 points and 2.7 assists in 15.5 minutes per outing. He's converted on 56.3 percent of his shot attempts with the Cavaliers.
More recently, Porter has had more chances in meaningful minutes with the Cavaliers, though, and while backcourt/wing injuries have factored into it, his splits have seen an uptick. Porter did register a DNP in Cleveland's last win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night, but in his last six appearances with the Cavs, he's averaged 12.7 points and 4.0 assists in 21.5 minutes per game.
When he's had the opportunities to make things happen, there's also been two aspects of the game where Porter's really made a difference. And on both ends of the floor, the rookie has proven to be a player already more than capable of contributing.
Porter has made his presence felt in two key areas for the Cavaliers, and he's steadily improved.
Let's begin with how Porter has made an impact for the Wine and Gold on offense, where his craftiness and paint play has paid dividends.