Kevin Porter

Kevin Porter

22-Year-Old GuardG
Houston Rockets
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Porter was shipped to Houston last January for a second-round pick. The Rockets had Porter play 15 G League games, where he dominated, before joining the parent club. Porter appeared in 26 games (23 starts) with the Rockets, averaging 16.6 points, 6.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds. His shooting splits (43/31/73) left something to be desired, but he hasn't even reached 82 NBA games played yet. Most notably, Porter produced a 50-point, 11-assist game against the Bucks in late April. Based on that alone, there's plenty of reason to believe in Porter's upside. The 21-year-old is one of the focal points of Houston's rebuild along with rookies Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun, plus Christian Wood. With the news that John Wall won't play for the Rockets this season, Porter is firmly established as the team's starting point guard. Notably, he averaged 19.9 points and 8.0 assists per 36 minutes last season with Wall and James Harden off the court. On one hand, expecting that out of Porter seems extremely optimistic. On the other hand, another year of development and organizational commitment means Porter is certainly in position for a breakout season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.01 million contract with the Cavaliers in July of 2019. Cavaliers exercised $1.78 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020. Traded to the Rockets in January of 2021. Rockets exercised $3.22 million team option for 2022-23 in November of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Bryan Kevin Porter Jr. was born in 2000 in Seattle, Washington to Bryan Sr. and Ayanna Porter. He followed in his father's footsteps by attending Rainier Beach High School in Seattle. As a senior, Porter posted 27 points, 14 rebounds, and five assists per game as the team reached the state championship. As a result of his outstanding effort, he was awarded the honor of Washington Mr. Basketball for 2018. Heading into college, Porter was ranked as high as No. 16 in the country in terms of available national recruits. You can follow him on Twitter (@Kevinporterjr) and Instagram (@kevinporterjr). Porter's lone season at USC was a campaign defined by fits and starts. The 6-foot-6 guard mainly came off the bench, but he provided scoring when he was available. The Seattle native opened the season with five straight double-digit scoring games. Porter suffered a quadriceps contusion on Nov. 20 and ended up missing nine games. He returned on Jan. 10, but he only scored five points. He was suspended three days later for "personal conduct issues." Porter would get his act together and return to the team on Jan. 24. He closed the season by scoring in double digits in five of his last eight games. The wing had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to Oregon State. He scored a season-high 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field in the Pac-12 Tournament loss to Washington. After the season, he declared for the 2019 NBA Draft and left with three seasons of eligibility. Porter was selected 30th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks, but was later traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers via the Detroit Pistons.

Finishes season with 26 points
GHouston Rockets
April 11, 2022
Porter produced 26 points (10-24 FG, 6-12 3Pt), eight rebounds and six assists across 41 minutes during Sunday's 130-114 loss to the Hawks.
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Although Porter is finishing his third season as a pro, he's only 21 years old and will serve as a key piece of Houston's youth movement heading into next season. The backcourt will be in solid hands with Porter and Jalen Green, and the team hopes to snag another top pick in this season's draft to complement that duo.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Uncertain future after outburst
GHouston Rockets
January 2, 2022
Porter might face an uncertain future in Houston following the incidents at halftime during Saturday's game against the Nuggets, according to Arthur Hill of Hoops Rumors.
ANALYSIS
While no disciplinary measure has been announced against Porter, a suspension or some sort of fine seems quite likely. The point guard has a history of anger issues in the past, but Saturday's issues might even affect his chances of securing a rookie-scale extension with the franchise. Porter left the arena after assistant coach John Lucas challenged him, Christian Wood and several other players for a lack of effort. Porter reportedly threw an object and had to be separated from Lucas during the exchange.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
In his first NBA season, Porter appeared in 50 games for Cleveland to little fanfare. The first-rounder out of USC averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 boards, 2.2 assists and 1.1 threes across 23.2 minutes per contest, while shooting respectably from the field (44.2 percent) and three (33.5 percent). He struggled with free-throw attempts, shooting just 72.3 percent from the charity stripe. He wasn't given too much run in 2019-20, but when he excelled when given an increased workload. In 18 games where he saw at least 25 minutes of action, Porter's production increased to 15.1 points, 3.8 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.9 triples and 1.1 steals. His shooting was improved in these contests as well. Cleveland projects to be one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference yet again in 2020-21, and the team would do well to see what Porter can do given an expanded role for the entire season. He'll compete with Cedi Osman and rookie Isaac Okoro for minutes at small forward, but we've maybe seen the best of Osman already, which is only marginally better than first-year Porter. If he can win a starting job this season, Porter has the potential to be a meaningful player for fantasy managers. Until that happens, he should only be drafted in deep leagues.
In terms of pure talent, Porter ranks among the top guards in the 2019 Draft, but he had an up-and-down freshman season at USC that was marred by off-court issues and a suspension. However, Porter will likely be given a fair chance to develop for the rebuilding Cavs. During 13 college appearances in which Porter saw at least 24 minutes, he averaged 11.8 points on 9.2 shots, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals. A hip injury prevented him from participating in summer league, but he's expected to be ready for training camp. At 6-foot-6, 218 pounds, Porter should be able to secure minutes at shooting guard and small forward, though he'll have to beat out the likes of Brandon Knight, Jordan Clarkson and Dylan Windler for consistent run off the bench. While Porter probably won't return standard fantasy league value, there's room for him to be drafted with the final selection of a deep league, with a dynasty league pickup being the best option.
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Reaches 30-point mark again
GHouston Rockets
April 9, 2022
Porter ended with 35 points (12-23 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 7-7 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals across 39 minutes during Friday's 117-115 loss to the Raptors.
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Explodes for season-high 36 poitns
GHouston Rockets
April 6, 2022
Porter totaled 36 points (13-26 FG, 6-14 3Pt, 4-6 FT), two rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal over 41 minutes during Tuesday's 118-105 loss to the Nets.
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Stuffs stat sheet in loss
GHouston Rockets
April 4, 2022
Porter closed with 21 points (6-14 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six rebounds, eight assists and two steals over 36 minutes during Sunday's 139-132 loss to the Timberwolves.
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Shines as playmaker once again
GHouston Rockets
April 2, 2022
Porter posted 27 points (11-24 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, 11 assists and four steals in 38 minutes during Friday's 122-117 loss to the Kings.
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Triple-doubles in loss
GHouston Rockets
March 31, 2022
Porter supplied 30 points (11-17 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 12 rebounds, 12 assists and one block in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 121-118 loss to the Kings.
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