Houston Rockets Season Review: Kevin Porter Jr

N.B. Lindberg
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Kevin Porter Jr may be the most divisive player on the Houston Rockets. His position remains an open question, his performances are up and down, and his temperament led to multiple in-season blow-ups. Through it all, he put together a classic Kevin Porter Jr season. He dangled enough potential to intrigue but not enough consistency to convince. 

Judging Porter’s season comes down to what lens you view it through. From a pure production level, it disappointed outside of a few intriguing developments. From a developmental standpoint, it was fantastic as it pushed Porter to the brink. Bad seasons can be good, but they can also just be flat bad. 

The final note on Porter has to do with his ultimate ceiling in the NBA. Porter hasn’t shown nearly enough to be considered a surefire impact player, but he has shown enough to suggest that his best possible outcome could be an excellent player. Porter is the ultimate eye of the beholder type of player. Hopefully, his season review will lead to more answers than questions. 

Kevin Porter Jr and the Point Guard Question

The Kevin Porter Jr point guard question dominated much of the Rockets’ season. In one sense, the answer to the question was quite simple. Porter was the Rockets' point guard, and thus he is a point guard. However, in another sense, he spent much of the season performing terribly in the role and raised the legitimate conclusion that he is not a point guard.  

A quick look at Porter’s full-season stats doesn’t offer much of an answer to the question. Over 61 games, he averaged 15.6 points, 6.2 assists, and 3.1 turnovers per game. He shot well from 3-point range at 37.5% but was abysmal on 2-pointers at 45.6%. 

Porter did little to improve on his marks from the previous season when he averaged 16.6 points, 6.3 assists, and 3.5 turnovers per game. The point guard question remains open, which is both good and bad. It’s good that there’s still hope, but it’s bad that he didn’t answer the question in the affirmative.