Spurs Prospect Watch: Jontay Porter

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COLUMBIA, MO - DECEMBER 05: Logan McLane #11 of the Miami (Oh) Redhawks and Jontay Porter #11 of the Missouri Tigers battle for a rebound during the game at Mizzou Arena on December 5, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The San Antonio Spurs are no longer heading in the right direction as far as wins go. While they are still very much in the playoff picture, it is looking more like they are going to end up a six or seven seed. That means they’ll end up with a slightly higher pick than anticipated this season just outside of the lottery. That could be good for the Spurs as they are not too far off from competing next season and should be much healthier.

That brings us to this week’s prospect watch with an eye on prospects falling in the 15-20 pick range. One surprising freshman that’s been making his way up the mock draft boards has been Missouri’s Jontay Porter. He is the younger brother of projected top-5 pick Michael Porter Jr. and his dad is a coach so the pedigree is there.

Here are his stats:

  • 9.8 PPG, 2.2 APG, 6.8 RPG, 1.7 BPG
  • 43.9 FG%, 36 3P%
  • 112.1 ORtg, 93.7 DRtg
    • Per-40 stats:
      • 16.1 PPG, 3.6 APG, 11.1 RPG, 2.8 BPG

Porter has not been a star quite like his brother, but the 6-foot-11, 240-pound has shown a great shooting touch, natural feel for the game and is a consummate team player. He doesn’t have the hops or smooth stroke that his brother has, but he is a good player and is a surprising athlete for how his body is constructed.

He’s a quick jumper, defends well in the post and on the perimeter for the most part. While he isn’t elite on offense, he does a variety of things well like playing in the post, passing out of the post and shooting the ball on all three levels. While he isn’t on the level of shooting as his older brother, he can definitely help a team out if they are willing to wait a year or two on his development.

Porter will need to add some muscle at the next level and work on his quickness, but he could be a nice stretch forward option. He’s also going to be one of the youngest draft entrants as he reclassified to the 2017 recruiting when he should be a freshman this coming year. So he’s a bit ahead of his developmental track and that could benefit the Spurs sooner than expected.

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