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Houston Rockets: 3 ways for Kevin Porter Jr. to reach stardom

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 10: Kevin Porter Jr. #3 of the Houston Rockets walks out on court during player introductions prior to the game against the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on April 10, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 10: Kevin Porter Jr. #3 of the Houston Rockets walks out on court during player introductions prior to the game against the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on April 10, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
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Kevin Porter Jr. #3 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Kevin Porter Jr. #3 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Houston Rockets’ Kevin Porter path to stardom #3: The floater

The floater has become one of the most important shots in the modern NBA. As a shot, it allows for perimeter players to get off a high percentage shot without having to dramatically alter their body position to circumvent a rim protector and it can double as a lob for an alley-oop.

Most players develop their floater once in the NBA and the reason for that is quite simple. It’s better to get a lay-up than a floater and any player talented enough to make the league will have such a talent advantage at the amateur level that they wouldn’t have much use for it.

Kevin Porter Jr., per NBA stat tracking, has attempted a grand total of 33 shots that are classified as floaters and converted them at a 42.4-percent rate. The first thing that stands out when you watch his floaters is that they don’t consistently look like a floater.

https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/03/29/0022000712/303/c94a94b3-4f08-2704-fb50-e38ac9ff6a86_1280x720.mp4

All too often they look like an augmented jump-shot done out of desperation but that is to be expected for a player of his experience level. However, it’s not all doom and gloom and he has, at times, shown touch and poise on his floater.

https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/03/27/0022000696/163/dc206959-87b6-d982-d2bc-ea4a93049af0_1280x720.mp4

If Porter wants to grow as a scorer he’ll need to become more consistent with his floater and he should use the offseason to get more comfortable with it. The future is bright but to become a go-to scorer he’ll need to add the floater to his toolbox.

Next: Path to stardom #2

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