Yeah Porter's athleticism looks a little below average but he's 6'9 with a 7'1 wingspan supposedly. If he gets stronger he could play up at the 4 too.
He's a "ball player" which is something of a back handed compliment. Lack of athleticism will probably keep him from ever being a star but he could be a great role player like Tayshaun Prince. Though Prince definitely used to be able to get up and play above the rim.
I think his rebounding is a really appealing trait. It shows toughness and bball IQ and it was one of the things that was so appealing about Beal. Beal stood head and shoulders above all the other guards in his class at things like rebounding, steals, blocked shots. Porter gets steals and rebounds at an abnormally high rate for his position and I think that's a surefire sign of very high bball IQ.
I wouldn't take him ahead of Shabazz. But I'd maybe pass on Shabazz to trade down for Porter and pick up something else in the process.
Noel and Zeller are my top two though. I want us to get one of them.
But I'd consider making that trade back into the lottery for Porter Brave mentioned. You've got to be careful though. The 2014 class is super deep and top heavy and you never know what can happen. Looks like there might be at least four or five franchise player types in that class. We didn't expect to be in the position we are this year coming into the season...