There is recovery after a disappointing loss, then what Golden Empire Warriors did with the Chicago Bulls on Friday. And while everyone was shooting at all turrets, rookie striker Jonathan Kuminga stole the show by dropping 25 points in 25 minutes and making a defensive exhibit.
After the game, teammate Andrew Wiggins raved about pick 7 in general, “He’s an athlete. He can jump out of the gym. He’s fast. He’s as strong as ***. ”
However, while Kuminga has captured headlines with his incredible output, another Warriors forward is perhaps just as impactful with his all-around effort in the game. In particular, Otto Porter, who did not even reach double the lead as a scorer but still scored the opening goal.
In just 19 minutes of play, Porter scored 9 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. It’s a line that has been matched or exceeded by just four other players across the league this season. However, only two of them managed it without committing to revenue, and only Porter managed to do so in less than 30 minutes of play.
Porter continues to look like the summer thief
Not too long ago, Porter was basically maxing out as a member of the Washington Wizards. However, leg and back injuries have affected his career trajectory so much that the Warriors were able to sign him for the season veteran’s minimum.
That move could only rival the signing of Dennis Schroeder of the Celtics and/or the Suns getting the resurgent JaVale McGee as a summer’s worth bet.
As of this writing, Porter is averaging 8.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals in just 21.2 minutes per game. Meanwhile, his effective scoring percentage stands at 57.5, a number that matches the point that earned him the big money deal with Wiz.
Even so, beyond the individual numbers, the Warriors were just marginally better when Porter was listed. Golden State is a plus 157 of his 763 minutes this season. That’s a number second only to Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Jordan Poole.
Also – four out of seven, Warriors top 5 roster (24 min min) in net rating includes Porter.
Not bad for a guy who is the 10th highest paid player on the team and 326th in the league, right?
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Porter’s teammates took note
He may not get a lot of ink, but his Porter’s Warriors teammates know all too well his impact this season. For his part, Green was amazed at the 28-year-old’s talent and motivation.
“Otto Porter, great shots, but not only that, Otto all year, has been incredible on the glass and for someone they say is a lousy defender, he is one of the defenders. better on our team,” he said after the Warriors’ Christmas Day wins over the Sun.
“You can’t say enough about how that guy walks up to the challenge and rings the bell night after night.”
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