A few nights ago, Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Craig Porter Jr. caught the attention of many fans.
The young player put up 21 points against the Denver Nuggets and got the crowd on its feet multiple times.
Porter’s journey to that point was a long, complicated, and unique one, and he spoke about it with Jackson Flicklinger of Right Down Euclid.
Porter talked about the road he has taken to get here:
“Honestly it’s crazy…Them being the team they are and having the accolades they have, doing that, it’s surprising to even me. But at the end of the day, I’ve just gotta go out there and keep doing what I’m doing. I understand I’m here for a reason. I just try to make that known.”
"I’ve just gotta go out there and keep doing what I’m doing. I understand I’m here for a reason. I just try to make that known."
A closer look at how Craig Porter Jr. has defied expectations and been the backup point guard the Cavs desperately need. https://t.co/Zg3YikYBeT
— Jackson Flickinger (@Akron_Jackson) November 21, 2023
The fact that Porter feels he is on the team for a reason shows the sort of belief he has in himself.
Most people didn’t think they’d ever see Porter on the court, as he went undrafted last season after playing for Wichita State.
Just a few months later, he is on the court alongside stars like Jarrett Allen, Darius Garland, and others.
At six-foot-two, Porter is on the smaller side for an NBA player, which is likely one of the reasons why he wasn’t sought after in the draft.
But he isn’t letting his size slow him down, and Porter still performs with fierce determination and drive, no matter who he is playing against.
There have been multiple instances during his eight games with the Cavaliers when Porter has pushed past opponents and created contact in order to score.
Porter’s road to the Cavaliers wasn’t normal, but now that he’s with the team he is earning his spot and making every game count.