Houston Rockets: Who’s going to be the starting point guard?

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Who should be the Houston Rockets starting point guard: The prospect 

Kevin Porter Jr., Houston Rockets
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Kevin Porter Jr

In some sectors of Rockets fandom, the love affair with Kevin Porter Jr began as soon as he was acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers for a second-round pick. There’s a lot to like about Porter’s potential but there are a few reasons he’s not a lock to land the Rockets’ starting point guard job. 

While Porter’s potential is tantalizing, his actual production leaves a lot to be desired. His shooting efficiency was below league average on 2-pointers, 3-pointers, and free throws. His defense was as porous as Spongebob Squarepants. And his good 31.2-percent assist percentage was mitigated by an 18.2-percent turnover percentage. 

The other reason to temper expectations is that Porter’s final stat line of 16.6 points and 6.3 assists per game is misleading. As mentioned earlier, Porter’s potential is sky high, and on one fateful night, he showed everyone what the best version of himself looks like. Facing off against the Milwaukee Bucks, Porter erupted for 50 points and 14 assists. For one night he was the best player in the NBA, but that one night also propped up his final stat line. If you remove that game, his points per game drop to 15.2, and his assists per game fall to a flat six. 

With Porter at the point guard position, you’re in for a rollercoaster ride. He can win games as easily as he can them. If he starts the season as their starting point guard one of two things are true; Porter is on his way to becoming an All-Star or the Rockets are gunning for another top-five pick. Kevin Porter has a chance to be a really good player, but it’s very unlikely he’ll be that this season.