Many reports have stated that Michael Porter Jr. could go second overall in this year's NBA Draft to the Sacramento Kings, and if he lives up to his own evaluation when he is in the league, it will be easy to see why he went so high.
When the NBA Draft takes place later this week on June 21 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the small forward is expected to be one of the first few players off the board since he is regarded as one of the top prospects.
Speaking on CBS Sports Radio on Monday, Porter revealed that the players he thought he most compared to right now included a Finals MVP, a young promising talent that played on MVP levels at points last season, and a Hall of Famer.
Porter = Durant
The 19-year-old said that he thought he most compared to Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antekounmpo, and former Houston Rockets star Tracy McGrady.
Porter said during the show, via Deadspin: "Right now, I’m a little, I’m a mix of Giannis and KD. You know, I like going to the hole a little more than KD does, I like bumping into people a little more physical than KD. But I also, you know I like to shoot the ball more than Giannis.
"So that’s what I like to compare myself to. Then also Tracy McGrady. I get compared to him a lot and I like that one a lot too. You know, those are three amazing players. So it doesn’t feel bad to be in the same conversation as them."
It's quite something for Porter to consider himself on the same level as the back-to-back Finals MVP Durant, who is arguably the second-best player in the NBA today behind LeBron James. It shows that he's a confident player entering the league.
Funnily enough, in a recent interview with Dime Magazine, Porter said that he thinks Durant is the best player in the league, particularly when he plays against LeBron. So really, the small forward is compared himself to the best player in the league, at least in his mind.
It's also worth noting that, according to Joe Vardon of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavs will select Porter at number eight if he's still on the board when they're on the clock, so he might have some explaining to do if he ends up being drafted by Cleveland!
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