Kings ‘strongly considering’ Michael Porter Jr. at No.2
The Sacramento Kings have the second overall pick in the upcoming 2018 NBA Draft. Reports say that the team is leaning toward selecting 6’10” offensive dynamo Michael Porter Jr.
As reported by Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports, the Kings are taking a closer look at Porter, as compared to other draft prospects:
Kings appear to be pondering Porter Jr., Doncic and Bagley more than the rest, with the assumption that Phoenix takes Ayton No. 1 https://t.co/CO2DvAAWXs
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 14, 2018
It is noted, however, that Porter’s recent cancellation of his Friday workout in Chicago could affect the Kings’ decision. Analysts have placed Porter to fall safely within the Top 10. Perhaps the only thing hampering his chances of being one of the top picks is his back injury.
Porter is doing okay now, at least according to him. But the NBA has a long history of draftees getting injured even before stepping foot in the NBA. Teams are getting more cautious every day.
Porter himself is aware of the buzz surrounding him. Everyone knew of him as a standout in high school. The injury might be hurting his chances. But the 19-year-old has nothing but pure confidence. And the Kings are holding on to his words. They believe in this kid and he could just be the player that could lift the Kings out of the rut.
Porter said, Nick Friedell of ESPN:
“When I had to have the surgery, I kind of just viewed it as a blessing, like a new start, like I could really reach my full potential. [Experts] had me as the No. 1 player in high school, but I didn’t even feel like I was at 100 percent. But I do now, so I’m just excited to show everybody the player that I am, and I’m still the best player.”