Kevin Porter Jr (KPJ) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets.
Kevin Porter Jr’s trade came as a surprise to many as he was just fresh on the Cavaliers team, its quite clear he was trade to Houston for disciplinary issues.
Kevin Porter Jr’s Trade to the Houston Rockets
Kevin Porter Jr’s trade to the Houston Rockets was for a future top-55 protected second-round pick.
Later, he was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets’ G League club.
Porter and teammate Christian Wood got into a verbal argument with Rockets assistant coach John Lucas at halftime on January 1, 2022, during a 111–124 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Porter then hurled an object into the locker room before exiting the Toyota Center, the Rockets’ home venue, before the game concluded.
Rockets head coach Stephen Silas announced that he had suspended both Porter and Wood for one game each for their behavior.
Kevin Porter Jr Height and Wingspan
He stands at 6 feet and 6 inches (1.98 meters) with a 6 ft. and 9 in. wingspan (2.05 m).
Porter Jr was born on May 4, 2000.
Rainier Beach High School was his alma mater, and he led the Vikings to the state semifinals each of his four years there.
He was a member of the USC Trojans basketball team in college.
Porter was born to Ayanna and Bryan Kevin Porter Sr. in Seattle, Washington.
In the 90s, his father was a football, basketball, and baseball player at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle.
Bryan Kevin Porter Sr., Porter Jr.’s father, pled guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the 1993 shooting death of a 14-year-old girl.
He was given a sentence of four and a half years in prison.
Porter’s father was shot five times and killed while attempting to aid someone who was being attacked in July 2004, when Porter was four years old.
As a result, his mother nurtured him and became his role model.
As a kid he convinced his mum to enroll him at Rainier Beach High School because his dad had played sports there and to preserve that tradition he chose to play there.
In his senior campaign, he averaged 27 points, 14 rebounds, and five assists, as Rainier Beach finished with a 22–7 record.
At the end of the season, he was named Washington Mr. Basketball by the state coaches association.
Porter made his USC debut on November 6, 2018, in an 83–62 win over Robert Morris, scoring 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
He suffered a quadriceps contusion against Missouri State on November 20.
On December 1, he returned to play against Nevada, but was forced to leave after four minutes due to his injury.
He missed 9 games after that and on his return 3 days later was suspended for improper conduct.
At the conclusion of his freshman season, Porter announced his intention to forgo his remaining collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2019 NBA draft where Porter was selected 30th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks but was later traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers via the Detroit Pistons.
Porter made his NBA debut, finishing with one rebound, two assists, and a steal in an 85–94 loss to the Orlando Magic.
Porter was suspended for one game without pay on November 4 for making improper contact with a game official.
Porter was sidelined to begin the 2020–21 season owing to an off-season weapons charge that was eventually dismissed.
Following an outburst surrounding a locker change following the Cavaliers’ acquisition of Taurean Prince from the Brooklyn Nets on January 18, 2021, the Cavaliers stated that Porter would either be moved or terminated.
After not playing a single game for the Cavaliers in the 2020–21 season, he was dealt to the Rockets three days later.
What Jersey number does Kevin Porter Jr wear at the Rockets?
The young guard wears the number 3 jersey for the Houston Rockets.