Kevin Porter selected in the first round by the Cleveland Cavaliers

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  1. Kevin Porter selected in the first round by the Cleveland Cavaliers
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    LOS ANGELES – Kevin Porter Jr. was selected in the first round by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 30th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., today (June 20). Porter Jr. became the first USC player selected in the first round since Nikola Vucevic was selected 16th overall in the 2011 Draft. Over the past two seasons, USC’s three NBA Draft selections are tied for the most in the Pac-12 along with UCLA and USC’s six first round draft picks since 2007 are tied for the 13th-most among all college programs.

    “We are proud of Kevin (Porter Jr.) and look forward to following his NBA career,” said USC head coach Andy Enfield. “He has reached his dream of being selected in the NBA Draft and provided a great example of what dedication and love of the game can do for a young player.”

    Porter Jr., from South Seattle, Wash., averaged 9.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 21 games (4 starts) for the Trojans during the 2018-19 season. The 6-6 guard was limited due to injuries during the season, but scored in double figures in 11 of the 21 games he played. He also made 41.2 percent (28-for-68) of his three-point attempts. Porter Jr. scored a season-best 17 points in USC’s Pac-12 quarterfinal game against Washington. He scored 15 points in his collegiate debut on Nov. 6 vs. Robert Morris, the most points by a USC freshman in his first game since Jordan McLaughlin scored 19 in his debut in 2014.

    Porter Jr. became one of the 61 Pac-12 first round NBA Draft picks since 2011, the third-most by any NCAA conference. USC’s three NBA Drafts selections (also De’Anthony Melton and Chimezie Metu in 2018) are tied for the fifth-most among all NCAA programs in the last two drafts.
     
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    I don’t get it. I was not impressed with his overall game at SC and was nof particularly impressed with his attitude
     
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    He is a freak athlete, long arms, and can jump. 100% NBA body
     
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    The NBA draft is so different than other professional drafts. It feels like basically after the third pick, you're just hoping to get lucky. If there are 5-6 really great players in one year, that's an incredibly strong draft. So then it doesn't even become about drafting for potential. Down toward the bottom of the first round, you're basically drafting potential potential.
     
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    I wasn't impressed with his game either until I saw him jump.

    It does appear that hero ball is pretty well ingrained in him.
     
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    I'm surprised that Boatwright didn't get drafted. I agree he's not all that physical and he's had a lot of injury issues, but he's 6-10 and can really shoot. I thought he improved a lot vs. past seasons and had an excellent senior season. If he continues to improve he might make it at some point.

    You would think a team with shooting issues would take a flyer on a guy like him.
     
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    A lot of the NBA is being able to handle the switching defense. You need to be quick but need size to handle the bigger players.. Porter is ideal.
     
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    FUCLA has had many athletic players that were high rated HS players, never reached their potential in college, left early, but had successful NBA careers.
     
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    LET'S SEE...

    ...do you have the Lakers in mind?
     
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    I'm not a huge NBA fan but one thing I know is that their scouts are exceptional at judging skill sets and "fit" for the NBA. If they think Porter has it and Boatwright doesn't, I'm down with their decision. Boatwright will get a good look somewhere because he had four years of college (a huge rarity), he can shoot, and wherever he goes, he won't blow up their cap because of his lack of physicality and injury history.
     
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    It would be something to see Bennie as a stretch 4 with LJ, AD, and Kawhi. He definitely shoot from the NBA 3 line.
     
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    Bennie definitely needs to get with Aaron Ausmus and get demonstrably stronger. If you can’t get to your spot and hold it, you’re not going to last.
     
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    Kyle Kuzma already with the Lakers, who prolly needs more ball handler types to complement the players they have now....
     
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    I'm impressed how the Lakers have filled out the roster given the fact they had to wait for Kawhi to decide. LB wants to play with veterans and this is not the right team for Bennie.
     
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    Agreed...a veteran team that should jell...pretty obvious who the stars are, so there should not be any dramas.

    Defense has to manifest somehow, but this is Frank Vogels strenght, apparently....
     
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    Bennie signed with Detroit as an undrafted free agent. I'm rooting for him.
     
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    I could see the Clippers giving him a shot. I don't know anything about Detroit besides being thankful I don't live there. Maybe it will work out for Bennie there.
     

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