Minor Hoop Game, Major Kick Game (#MHGMKG) is a continuing feature that takes a look back at some of the NBA’s most unorthodox superstars: those who brought a solid kick game to bolster their lack of superstardom. In this installment we take a look at Terry Porter.
The Kick-Off: When you’re coming out of high school not very highly recruited and decide to play your college ball at Division III NAIA Wisconsin-Stevens Point, you’re pretty much resigned to the fact that you’ll be working a 9-5 after college. That’s what had to be going through Terry Porter’s mind.
But after an incredible Junior season in 1984, things changed. He was named a First Team NAIA All American, the Player of the year AND was the NAIA Tournament’s MVP. This opened up a lot of doors for Porter. One of which was an invitation to the the 1984 Olympic Men’s Basketball team trials. The only NAIA player invited.
His Senior campaign at “The Point” was even better averaging almost 20 a game. His post season accolades also are also of note where he was the only DIII player named to NABC All American Game, as well as the Aloha All Star Classic, a game where he’d be named All Tournament, Top Defensive Player and Co MVP.
His great collegiate play got him drafted at 24 in 1985 by the Portland Trail Blazers where he enjoyed a decade long career, and had his greatest professional success. His travels took him to stints with the Timberwolves, Heat and Spurs.
Let’s take a look at Terry Porter’s kick game throughout his time in Portland.
Nike Air Force STS
Nike Air Flight 89 High
Nike Air Force 6 High
Nike Air Bound
Nike Air Maestro 93 Low
Nike Air Up
While never an NBA Superstar, Porter did make 2 All Star teams and eventually had his number 30 retired by the Blazers.
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