Kevin Porter (basketball)
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April 17, 1950 |
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|High school||DuSable (Chicago, Illinois)|
|College||Saint Francis (PA) (1968–1972)|
|NBA draft||1972 / Round: 3 / Pick: 39th overall|
|Selected by the Baltimore Bullets|
|1972–1975||Baltimore / Capital / Washington Bullets|
|1977–1978||New Jersey Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||7,645 (11.6 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,179 (1.8 rpg)|
|Assists||5,314 (8.1 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Kevin Porter (born April 17, 1950) is a retired American professional basketball player.
Porter was a point guard from Saint Francis University playing 10 seasons (1972–1981; 1982–1983) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets, the Detroit Pistons, and the New Jersey Nets. Porter was one of the most talented passers in league history, leading the league in both assists per game and total assists four times during his career.
Porter was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in the 3rd round as the 39th pick of the 1972 NBA Draft. In his second year, he led the league in personal fouls with 319. While he would receive 320 the next year, he won his first of four assist titles (with 8.0 per game) in 1975. That season was one in which the Bullets reached the NBA Finals before losing to the Golden State Warriors. Not soon after, he was traded to the Detroit Pistons for Dave Bing and a 1977 1st round draft pick, which was used to select Tree Rollins. He would suffer a knee injury in his second season with the team that limited him to 19 games.
In the early start of his third season with the Pistons, he was traded with Howard Porter and cash to the New Jersey Nets for Al Skinner, a 1978 2nd round draft pick (used to select Terry Tyler) and a 1979 2nd round draft pick (used to select Tony Price). On February 24, 1978, Porter had 29 assists in a game against the Rockets while with the Nets. He also had 14 points and 5 rebounds in a season the led to his 2nd assist title, with 10.2 per game. The record would stand until Scott Skiles tallied 30 assists on December 30, 1990.
After the season, he signed with the Pistons as the Nets acquired Eric Money. In that season, he won his third assist title, with 13.4 per game. He had a 30 point-25 assist game, on March 6, 1979. Additionally he was the first player to record over 1,000 assists in a single season. It would be five years before another player would record over 1,000 assists.
After that season, he signed as a veteran free agent with the Washington Bullets. The Detroit Pistons would receive a 1980 1st round draft pick (selecting Rickey Brown with that pick) and a 1982 1st round draft pick (Used to select John Bagley) as compensation for his departure. Porter would play 2 games in the playoffs that year and garnered 9 assists as the Bullets fell in the First Round. The following year, he had 9.1 assists per game, which was enough to win his final assist title. However during training camp before the 1981 season, he snapped his Achilles tendon, missing all of that season.  He only played 11 games of the next season, having only 4.2 assists per game. On January 18, 1983, he was waived by the Bullets. When he retired in 1983, he had accumulated 5,314 career assists (good for 49th all time) and 7,645 career points, while also being 14th all time in career assists per game and 13th in assist percentage at 37.5. Notably, of the top 50 in career assist leaders, he played the least amount of games (659). Despite leading the league in assists per game four times, he was never selected to an All Star Game.  Only five players have won more assists titles than Porter, and three of them are in the Hall of Fame (Stockton, Cousy, and Robertson) while two aren't eligible yet (Nash and Kidd).
He coached his alma mater St. Francis Red Flash for four seasons, going 12-15, 9-19, 10-18, and 11-16.
- List of National Basketball Association career assists leaders
- List of National Basketball Association players with most assists in a game
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
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