‘Try And Break James Harden’s Record And Drop 60’: Rockets Guard Reveals Their Mindset Against Their Former Team Jumpers

Kevin Porter Jr was drafted into the league in 2019 by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played there for a season while getting decent stats for a rookie. Kevin was later fired from the franchise due to internal issues. However, since then Kevin Porter Jr has upped his game.

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Kevin Porter Jr. was acquired by the Houston Rockets last season. He put in a pretty promising performance averaging 16.6 points, 6.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds. Kevin has also played well this season.

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After the Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game, Kevin spoke about his mentality against his former team. “My mindset before the whistleblowing was to try and break James Harden’s record and lose 60” said Kevin. Kevin wanted to prove to his old team that they had lost a good asset.

Kevin Porter Jr. didn’t drop 60 points, however, the Rockets won with a comfortable 11-point lead. The final score was 115-104 in favor of the Rockets. Moreover, he contributed a lot to the game by scoring 16 points, 7 assists and 1 rebound.

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Why is Kevin Porter Jr known as the next James Harden?

There are a lot of similarities between Kevin and James Harden. Both are extremely crafty and flashy. They both share the position of Shooting Guard. Due to their cunning, they become really effective markers. However, it’s worth mentioning that Kevin’s game is nowhere near Harden’s game right now.

Kevin Porter Jr. is only 21 right now. He has plenty of time to develop the potential he has already shown. James Harden himself had not reached his prime at the age of 21. It took a few years for James Harden to settle into the league.

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Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. (3) reacts after shooting a game winning three-pointer against the Washington Wizards during the second half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills – USA TODAY Sports

Just like James Harden, Kevin Porter has excellent ball handling skills. The benefit of having ball handling skills is that players can create shots for themselves. Just like Harden, Kevin Porter Jr is improving his dribbling and shooting back.

Kevin Porter Jr. is currently averaging 13.3 points, 6.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds. Those are good stats for a young shooter. However, he has plenty of room to improve his shooting percentage as he currently only averages 38.3% in field goal percentage. Kevin also commits 3.7 turnovers per game.

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Kevin is a young player who is still learning about the league and the sport. Once he solidifies his fundamentals and improves his shooting, he will definitely be a player of James Harden caliber.

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