Versatility may not be what a fan base craving a go-to scorer wants to see, but Porter’s brand of the quality is more dominant than the average do-it-all athlete.
Porter can score (16.2) points, and does it well (48 percent shooting from the floor, 42.2 percent from deep. He can rebound (7.2 rpg). He’s a force on defense (1.8 spg, 0.9 bpg).
Porter’s the kind of prospect that addresses enough areas well enough to make the sum of his impact great enough to make up for the lack thereof in any one area.
There’s no doubt about Porter’s ability to take his game to the pro level, but some wonder whether star potential remains, at least enough to take him with a top pick in the draft.
Porter thrived as a big man in college, but, as of now, lacks the requisite weight to do the same in the NBA. He weighed in at a palty 197.6 pounds at the Draft Combine, leaving him at least 35 pounds shy of ideal post player size.
That leaves Porter with two options: 1) gain enough weight to become a versatile and capable “four” in the NBA or 2) make a successful transition from post to perimeter, something a lot of college forwards struggle with upon entering the league.
Can Porter show he’s more than what he already is in pre-draft workouts? If scouts and management see an added hunger, athleticism, something, it will convince them that Porter isn’t a he-is-who-he-is prospect.
Proving the scale isn’t a measurement of strength wouldn’t hurt, either. There’s no doubt he needs to bulk up, but if he can prove capable through fundamentals and positioning when working out against other big men, it may be more of a footnote than a red flag.
How he would fit with the Suns
Given the Suns’ needs from the wing, pretty easily if Porter proves he can play on the perimeter. With his shooting, Porter could spread the floor well, particularly on Dragic pick-and-rolls. The Slovenian excels at hitting weak-side, spot-up shooters, an asset the Suns lacked last season.
Porter’s ability to fit at the “three” becomes more important with Phoenix, a team already teeming with “tweeners” (see:, ). The Suns don’t want to waste another season of mixing and matching lineups due to players’ inability to master one position.
If Porter can do that, provide outside shooting on offense and continue to be an adept rebounder on defense, he could be a long-term solution at the wing.