Craig Porter Jr. has made his presence felt in 2 key areas for Cavaliers

Craig Porter Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers
Craig Porter Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers / Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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No. 1: Driving prowess/paint pressure as scorer/playmaker

Though deep balls are not going to be a sizeable part of his shot diet, at least not early on in his career, Porter has proven to be well-versed as an on-ball player with his change of pace and driving prowess.

Whether he's been in games for stretches either functioning as a true lead guard or as essentially a combo guard, Porter has found ways to make plays from getting downhill and getting to the rim to finish, or with shots inside of 10 or so feet.

So far, he has connected on 74.1 percent of his restricted area shot attempts, and 47.4 percent of his non-restricted area paint shot attempts, per's shooting data. Those zones have constituted 42.2 and 29.7 percent of Porter's shot attempts with the Cavaliers early on.

His change of speeds, both acceleration in quick bursts, and deceleration to counter that have led to Porter putting himself in advantageous positions either from creating from the wings, or from pick-and-roll chances. Even with him being a player that's on a two-way deal, with Porter having been a five-year collegiate player (with him originally a JUCO guy), it's apparent that ahe's polished when it comes to finding ways to attack the paint. He's been able to pair that with mixing in pull-ups as well.

There still have been still some bad turnovers here and there from Porter, but the rookie still has seemed to gradually get more comfortable as a playmaker for himself and others, too. And while it's not the simplest task to find him minutes as the Cavaliers get healthier, with how Porter has created quality looks for bigs and seemingly should improve in finding shooters off of his penetration, it's clear he can make an consistent mpact off the bench from his paint pressure.