JONTAY PORTER 2018 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 240 POUNDS
POSITION: POWER FORWARD/CENTER
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: MID 20’S TO EARLY SECOND ROUND (HAS A CHANCE TO RISE)
Jontay Porter from the University of Missouri is something of the “Frank Stallone” of NBA prospects, in that whenever you talk about players entering the 2018 NBA Draft with the same last name, everyone immediately assumes you’re talking about Michael Porter Jr., who happens to be Jontay’s younger brother.
But Jontay is a well-built big man at 6’10 and 235lbs, with a solid basketball acumen, well-rounded basketball skill-set, and underrated shooting stroke, which should make him plenty appealing to teams at the next level (albeit not quite with the same hype as his younger brother). In fact, for today’s NBA game, he has a tantalizing skill-set, in that he’s a decent shooter from the field, and maybe slightly better from deep. With deceptive athleticism, he can score off the dribble and/or while on the move, and drop off nifty passes after drawing the defense in his direction.
As a shooter, he hit nearly 38% of this three-point attempts this season, and averaged almost eight three-point attempts (per 40 minutes) per game. In the NBA, he could very easily be a “stretch 5”-type player. Inside the arc, he’s comfortable utilizing a mix of floaters and hooks, as opposed to being overly reliant on his jump shot.
In the paint, he leverages his sturdy frame to get position and push around anyone trying to guard him. He won’t even turn 19 years old until the NBA regular season gets underway, so he’s got plenty of time to add even more mass to his frame, without hurting his overall agility.
On defense, he shows flashes of being the rim protector you’d expect from a guy his size. He finished the season averaging 1.7 blocks per game, but the more interesting stat might be that he had at least four blocks in four of his last six games of this year (including the SEC and NCAA Tournaments). In space, he’s actually a very good defender, showing an excellent knack for making the right rotations and the right decisions in help situations.
So what’s the downside? The obvious factors stem from his youth. He’s still inconsistent in his shooting, rebounding, and defensive assignments. But the bigger worry is the fact that he tended to wilt when the lights shined the brightest this year.
Scouts won’t be too pleased with Porter’s performance in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, where his Tigers lost to the Florida State Seminoles, considering Porter finished the game with only two points, compared to two turnovers and four fouls in the same game. In addition, when Missouri played Kentucky, and Porter would be matched against a bunch of guys likely playing in the NBA next season as well, he finished with four points and five fouls in 28 minutes, making only one of his eight field goal attempts.
Porter isn’t the rare athletic specimen where scouts will overlook those in favor of grabbing him early in the draft. But with his combination of size, plus the ability to stretch the floor, create offense for others, and protect the rim defensively, he should very much be in the first-round mix in the 2018 NBA Draft.
We believe Porter has a chance to become a very good NBA player in time. We would like for him to stay in school. If he does, he would solidify himself as at least a top 15-20 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. An NBA organization might be getting themseles a steal in Jontay Porter.
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