For Cavaliers pick Porter Jr., sliding in draft no big deal

The Cavaliers traded to take Kevin Porter Jr. with the 30th pick in the draft Thursday night.

The Cavaliers were indeed feeling a draft Thursday night, so much so, in fact, they traded back into the first round to make a third selection.

Cleveland dealt four future second-round draft choices to the Detroit Pistons for the 30th overall selection, where it took Southern Cal southpaw swingman Kevin Porter Jr.

Porter Jr., a former five-star recruit, had his time on the court for the Trojans limited because of injury and suspension. In 21 games (four starts), the 6-foot-6 Porter averaged 9.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 22.1 minutes per game, shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from deep.

“I’ve been battling adversity my whole life,” Porter Jr. told ESPN after being chosen by Cleveland. “It tests you, makes you better.”

The Cavaliers had a private workout with Porter Jr. on June 9.

ESPN analyst and former New Jersey Nets assistant general manager Bobby Marks gave the Cavs kudos for trading into the first round to grab Porter Jr.

“All he needs is some structure. He has lottery talent. I think a lot of teams are gonna regret passing him up,” Marks said on ESPN Radio.

Porter Jr. lost his father during a shooting in 2004.

The Cavaliers chose Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland with the fifth overall pick and Belmont swingman Dylan Windler with the No. 26 overall choice.