Coming of age season for Kevin Porter Jr.

Regarded primarily as a prospect, a very raw talent to develop since his arrival to the Rockets in 2020, Kevin Porter Jr. is turning a corner in the young 2022/23 season, asserting himself as the undisputed leader of the rebuilding Houston club.

If the wins were very rare during the month for the Rockets (only 3 in 17 games), “Scoot” should not blame himself much from a statistical point of view: he compiled an average of 19.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 16 games played so far, his career highs in the top two categories.

Of course, everything is still far from perfect, as is any 22-year-old player handling the role of primary ball carrier in the NBA, which is more than just a team losing (too many) games. His decision making and more broadly his offensive efficiency should improve even more, as he is shooting just 42% on 16 shots per game, while losing an average of 4 balls per game.

Better balance off the pitch

But overall, it was about three and a half years after his arrival in the league, after an unnecessarily happy adventure in Cleveland, followed by a move to the G-League before joining the Rockets and settling there permanently. , apparently Kevin Porter Jr. adult.

As a basketball player but above all as a person for his coach Stephen Silas, very close to his leader, which can be seen in his tears after his contract extension was signed earlier in the season.

I’d say it’s pretty much the same. He is more mature off the pitch, and that reflects positively on his maturity on the pitch. explained the Rockets technician. ” Since he is more calm in everyday life, he is also included in the battles. And because of this, we are a stronger group. As the leader of our team, who often has the ball in his hands, it is important for him to reach a level of maturity. »

More mature, and therefore more leader

In fact, Stephen Silas also said that despite his young age, Kevin Porter Jr. has been more of a locker room leader this season, even though he’s mostly older than some of his teammates.

Scoot spreads a very positive energy within our group. He is more peaceful than the last two years, and he is trying to be more and more of a leader. We will go as far as we can The Rockets coach added, that the words boosted the principal’s morale. ” It’s a compliment, I think. It is a pleasure. I really worked on myself, controlling my emotions. So it’s really nice that my coach said that about me. »

And “KPJ” to take rookie Jabari Smith Jr under his wing, hasn’t always been at his best since the start of the season, while he’s still looking for the right balance in his transition between the NCAA and professional league . ” I’m just telling him not to be too scared at this moment. The season is long, so there will be times when he feels like he’s struggling. […] So I tell him to keep believing in him, his work ethic and his talent. »

The once turbulent young talent, but now calm and mature, therefore feels good in his sneakers.

I’m comfortable with my game. I have more control over the game, yes. Now it’s a matter of consistency in my performance. Because I deciphered the game, the rhythm and the pace of the NBA finishing teammate Jalen Green in the backcourt. ” In other words, I am more stable, I have found the right balance. »

Kevin Porter, Jr. Percentage Bounces
Season Crew GM minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early p.d party Int bp CT Points
2019-20 KEY 50 23 44.2 33.5 72.3 0.4 2.8 3.2 2.2 2.7 0.9 1.9 0.3 10.0
2020-21 HOO 26 32 42.5 31.1 73.4 0.8 3.0 3.8 6.3 2.4 0.7 3.5 0.3 16.6
2021-22 HOO 61 31 41.5 37.5 64.2 0.7 3.7 4.4 6.2 2.6 1.1 3.2 0.4 15.6
2022-23 HOO 16 35 41.9 35.2 73.9 1.6 4.5 6.1 5.8 3.0 1.4 3.9 0.5 19.8
Total 153 29 42.3 35.2 69.6 0.7 3.4 4.1 4.9 2.6 1.0 2.9 0.3 14.3

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