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Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. has been cleared to play for months, ‘resembles the player’ prior to injuries

Michael Porter Jr., Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets were able to make a bit of a splash in the 2019 NBA Draft, but their attention is now turned toward getting their most notable pick of last year’s draft in forward Michael Porter Jr. up to speed this summer.

Porter spent what was supposed to be his rookie year nursing a back injury. According to Harrison Wind of BSN Denver, president of basketball operations Tim Connelly says Porter has started to show the promise he had before the injuries:

“He’s been in the gym twice a day for a long time. He’s been fully cleared for several months. Him and Jarred (Vanderbilt) have pushed each other…He resembles the player we saw prior to all the injuries.”

This is certainly an encouraging update on Porter as he prepares to take part in the Summer League next month. He had been considered a top-five prospect going into his freshman year at Missouri. Unfortunately, he missed most of the season due to back surgery and then was only able to play three games before having to undergo a second back surgery. As a result, he slid to the Nuggets with the 14th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft before sitting out the entire season while rehabbing.

Porter appears to have made tremendous strides in his recovery as of late. Denver will be able to put together a solid team in Las Vegas after acquiring former Oregon center Bol Bol with the 44th overall pick in this year’s draft. Both players will have an opportunity to become a part of the promising young cast of talent that the Nuggets have added in recent years.