Michael Porter Jr. was one of the most mysterious yet intriguing players in the 2018 NBA Draft. Though he was widely regarded as perhaps the best prospect in the entire draft class during his high school days, Porter suffered a tough back injury that kept him out of almost all of his freshman year at Missouri.
Despite that, Porter’s exploits in high school and at the McDonald’s All-American game, where he was named MVP, were enough to have scouts supremely excited about his upside and future in the league.
Clearly, teams were scared off by Porter’s injury history and despite all his talent and upside, he fell all the way to the Denver Nuggets with the 14th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft – the very last lottery pick.
Porter’s stats in college were uninspired, as he tried to rush back in order to showcase his skills, but he was not fully ready, which only resulted in dampening his stock even further. Still though, Porter could be the missing link for a Nuggets team that looks ready to take the next step.
Add in a dynamic wing with great size and impressive athleticism, and the Nuggets might be the next NBA dynasty.
In a recent clip from Grant Liffman of NBC Sports, Porter looks almost fully recovered in a practice before a game against the Warriors:
Michael Porter Jr.looks ready to me pic.twitter.com/WfPyYvTVMa
— Grant Liffmann (@GrantLiffmann) April 3, 2019
Let’s hope Porter comes back soon, so that he can hone his talents and maybe live up to that sky-high potential.