After making a trade with the Detroit Pistons (who held the Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round pick in this year’s draft) for the 30th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers have selected former USC Trojans guard Kevin Porter Jr. with the final pick of the first round.
Porter Jr.’s background story is well-known, as his father was shot and killed when was just four years old. It’s for that reason that Porter Jr. wears the number four jersey.
Averaging 9.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 22.1 minutes per game, Porter Jr. is absolutely oozing with potential. He’s athletic, has a great handle, is an efficient jump shooter even off-the-dribble, has quick hands on defense and nice length at 6-foot-6 with a 6-foot-9 wingspan. The questions surrounding Porter Jr. are ones of his attitude on and off-the-court and considering his backstory, there could be a need for Porter Jr. to have a therapist, an increasingly common practice in the NBA.
Should Porter Jr. be able to battle through his emotional turmoil and develop his already solid skillset even further, he could become one of the best players in his draft class. He truly has all the tools but needs to put it all together.
A flashy scorer, Porter Jr. was efficient in 2018-19, shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from three-point range. He looks to be instant offense for Cleveland’s second unit should Cavs head coach John Beilein feel the 19-year-old is ready for a rotation role next season.