Kevin Porter Jr. went out and scored 50 points last night to lead the Houston Rockets to a win against the Milwaukee Bucks. It was quite the scoring show from both teams, as the Rockets would go on to win 143-136.
Porter had been sidelined in the league’s health and safety protocols relating to COVID-19. This performance is promising to many, who see him as a replacement for James Harden. At 20-years old, he becomes the fourth youngest to ever score 50 points in league history.
Watch Porter score his 50th point on this tough stepback from deep.
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This performance wasn’t all buckets for the young guard. He dished out 11 assists over the course of the game. That makes him the youngest player, passing LeBron James, with 50 points and 10 assists in a game. The performance was really impressive and came against top talent against the Bucks. While the Rockets are focused on the 2021 NBA Draft and next season versus the playoffs, the Bucks need to keep it together down the stretch.
For the Cleveland Cavaliers, they have to be kicking themselves after letting Porter essentially walk away via trade. If an organization isn’t going to take the time to develop and work with a player, on and off the court, it isn’t going to go well. There are so many young players in the league, there are things that young people with money are going to want to do. How an organization deals with that is on them, but trading such a talented player so soon is head-scratching.
Porter calls the trade a “blessing.”
This season with the Rockets he has averaged much better numbers almost entirely across the board. He is currently averaging 16.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 6.4 assists. His minutes have gone up by 10 versus his rookie season and seem to be in a better position overall.