No. 30: Kevin Porter Jr. to Cleveland Cavaliers (via Bucks)
The Cavaliers are all-in on backcourt scoring. Kevin Porter Jr. was the latest ignitable guard to join the fold, and he did so at a price: four second-round selections and cash to Detroit, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Porter is one of the biggest risk/reward prospects in the draft.
His freshman season was filled with red flags: injuries, a team suspension and susceptibility to the siren’s song of hero ball. At the same time, his upside is so towering he was one of the most buzz-worthy names the week of the draft.
“He has the gifts to be a top-five pick—easily,” one executive told Charania days before the big event.
Porter has arguably as much boom-or-bust potential as any of his draft classmates.
Watch him ditch defenders with a quick crossover, behind-the-back dribble or step-back before finishing the play with a soft jumper (41.2 percent from range), and you’ll swear you’re seeing a star in the making.
His lack of awareness and fundamentals push down his floor. But at some point, the upside is worth the risk. That point probably passed well before the 30th pick.