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.
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