Kevin Porter
Kevin Porter
20-Year-Old GuardG
Houston Rockets
Out
Injury Covid-19
Est. Return 4/27/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. 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.
Personal Bio

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).

College/International Summary

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.

Out three games for COVID protocols
GHouston Rockets
Covid-19
April 21, 2021
Porter was placed in the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols and has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Jazz. Rockets head coach Stephen Silas said he expects Porter to be sidelined through Sunday, according to Cayleigh Griffin of AT&T SportsNet Southwest.
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Porter has been one of the few consistent sources of offense for Houston since joining the team at the All-Star break. In 31.7 minutes per game, he's averaged 15.5 points, 6.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds. His absence -- which will likely span at least three games -- will open up minutes for Avery Bradley, DaQuan Jeffries and Armoni Brooks.
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Porter was selected with the 30th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft after one collegiate season at USC. He was drafted by Milwaukee, but traded on draft night with Tony Snell to Detroit for Jon Leuer. Six days later, Porter was dealt to Cleveland for multiple second round draft picks. He made his NBA debut for Cleveland during the opening game of the season, on Oct. 23 against the Magic. Porter played 17 minutes and recorded two assists, one rebound and one steal. Porter had his first double-digit scoring game Nov. 8 against the Wizards when he posted 13 points (5-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three rebounds and a steal. He had his first 20-point scoring effort Dec. 11 against the Rockets when he delivered 24 points (9-15 FG, 6-9 3Pt), three dimes, two boards and three steals. Porter scored his career-high 30 points (9-18 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 8-10 FT) on Feb. 24 in a game against the Heat. He also posted eight rebounds, three assists and three steals in 41 minutes of play in the home win over Miami. His other career highs stood at nine rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks. Porter's longest streak of double-digit scoring was seven games from Jan. 28 through Feb. 12. During that stretch, he averaged 16.1 points on 11.6 shots, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 27.6 minutes per contest. Overall during his rookie campaign, Porter averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 23.2 minutes per game. Porter appeared in 50 games during the COVID19-shortened season, with three starts, and shot 33.5 percent from behind the arc.

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Transaction History
  • June 20, 2019
    Drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round (30th overall pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • July 3, 2019
    Signed a two-year, $3.01 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • December 23, 2020
    Cleveland Cavaliers exercised $1.78 million team option for 2021-22.
  • January 21, 2021
    Traded to the Houston Rockets in exchange for a future second-round pick.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
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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Balanced effort despite loss
GHouston Rockets
April 19, 2021
Porter notched 18 points (6-14 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three assists and two rebounds across 31 minutes in Monday's loss against the Heat.
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Team-high seven assists
GHouston Rockets
April 18, 2021
Porter totaled 22 points (8-15 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven assists, three rebounds and a steal over 32 minutes during the 114-110 win over the Magic on Sunday.
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Scores just four points in blowout
GHouston Rockets
April 17, 2021
Porter finished Friday's blowout loss to Denver with four points (1-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists and three rebounds.
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Scores 19 in loss
GHouston Rockets
April 14, 2021
Porter scored 19 points (6-15 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 5-6 FT) with five rebounds, three assists and one steal in a 132-124 loss to the Pacers on Wednesday.
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Dishes out career-high 14 assists
GHouston Rockets
April 12, 2021
Porter posted 22 points (7-15 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 14 assists, five rebounds and two steals across 40 minutes in Monday's loss against the Suns.
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