Katie Porter, the first pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, is the first of five Portland Trail Blazers draft picks to begin playing in the professional ranks, but she’s not the only player coming off the bench for the Trail Blazers this season.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Katja Porsons role is up for debate.
(Getty Images)Portland Trail Blazer guard Katjean Porter has been the only member of the Portland Trailblazers starting lineup this season, and her role is unclear.
Porter, a four-year NBA veteran, has been on the bench most of the season, but has started for Portland and played the final seven games of the regular season.
In Portland, Porter has started all 22 games in the season opener against Sacramento, and has averaged 9.1 points, 4.6 assists and 1.5 rebounds.
She is averaging a team-high 3.1 assists per game, though she has struggled mightily in the first two games of Portland’s series against the Kings, shooting 4 of 12.
In the fourth quarter of a loss in Game 3, Porter was seen wearing a red No. 10 jersey that said “I love my country,” and she was booed.
In the game itself, Porter had four turnovers, a double-double and five points on 2-of-9 shooting.
In Game 4, Porter’s absence forced the Trailblazer’s reserves to play a lot of minutes.
She played in all 16 games this season with three starts.
Porter is not the first player coming back from injury to have a role change.
After starting out with the Trail Blazers in the 2016-17 season, guard Jodie Meeks was the only other player coming into the season on the roster to not have a full-time role.
The Trail Blazers have already had multiple players who are returning from injury this season make an impact for the team, including Portland’s All-Star guard Damian Lillard.
Lillard, who missed all of last season due to a torn ACL, is averaging 19.9 points, 9.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds.
Portland is coming off of a season in which it posted a 29-20 record, but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the playoffs.
The Portland Trail Blasters are scheduled to play the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night in Salt Lake City.