With the Spurs next game a few days away, I thought I'd slip in this draft profile a little earlier than I was planning. So in this third instalment we can have a look at Jontay Porter.
College Team: Missouri (Sophomore)
Position: Power Forward/Centre
2017-18 Stats: Over 33 games in 25min per game he averages 10pts, 7reb, 1.7blk, 0.8 stl, 2.2ast at 43.7% FG, 36.4% 3P and 75% FT.
Projected Draft Spot: Lottery to Late 1st Rd.
On the offensive end Porter is very versatile. His passing acumen is great, being able to pass out of double-teams and hit open players, or swing the ball along the perimeter. He can shoot the ball from the post out to the arc at an effective rate, including from the charity stripe. Inside he has some good post moves. Porter is also a good option for pick-n-roll/pop schemes, as he can set effective screens, then shoot from anywhere. This Stepien Article outlines how good his BBIQ is at both ends of the court.
On the other end of the court, Porter is no slouch either. He has good help D timing, and also pick up blocks by being in the right place. Solid rebounding numbers. All this points to him being above-average on defence, especially if he is given good coaching by a defensive minded coaching group (I wonder which team has one of those?).
He did suffer a season ending MCL injury during a training session/practice game – this may impact on his draft position as teams will do their due diligence on how his injury is progressing and healing. That said, his brother had back surgery and the Nuggets drafted him on potential alone.
Last year he showed up to the combine and had one of the highest body fat indexes, which some may have questioned as to his willingness to get himself in shape. It may also have impacted his athleticism. However, he did choose to go back to play another year at the college level (injury aside), which may set aside some of those concerns. Battling through and rehabbing from the injury, might actually help with his conditioning.
Being 6’11" he is tall, but he doesn’t have the greatest wingspan, which will impact his rebounding and blocks if his athleticism doesn’t progress too much further. Not sure he spend too much time at the 5. Can be a bit turn-over prone when trying to push the offense too fast.
NBA Player Comparison: Drew Gooden, Al Horford or a Chris Webber with range.
Fit with the Spurs:
The Spurs had Jontay in for a try-out last year before he pulled out of the draft, so there is already interest on the part of the Spurs, and I don’t think that would be too diminished by his injury this season.
His offensive upside and ball-movement skills would be a plus on the Spurs, as would his stretch capabilities. He is athletic and smart enough to be at the very least above-average on defence (or much better than Bertans at any rate). Positioned next to Poeltl or Aldridge would be a good fit for Porter as he can space the floor without losing much on the defensive end. A small ball line-up of White, Murray, DeRozan, Bertans and Porter would give the Spurs spacing and run-n-gun capabilities.
Due to his injury, this kid might just be a sleeper and fall to the Spurs range come draft night - a bit like Walker did. And he might just be the most NBA ready of the Spurs picks in recent years, if he gets chosen by them.