Michael Porter Jr.
Michael Porter Jr.
21-Year-Old ForwardF
Denver Nuggets
Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 10/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Porter, USA Today’s High School Player of the Year in 2017, was No. 1 on many team’s draft boards before the 2017-18 season. However, before even playing a game for Mizzou, Porter suffered a back injury, which required surgery to repair a bulging disc. The nature of back injuries combined with the fact that he appeared in just three college games scared NBA teams off, and Denver was able to draft Porter 14th overall. At 6-foot-10 with a smooth shooting stroke, it’s easy to understand why the Nuggets would be willing to take a gamble on Porter’s upside given their draft position. Things have gotten off to a less-than-ideal start, as Porter underwent another back surgery in mid-July. Still, according to a mid-August interview by Porter, "I don't have a date but I'm hoping to be back for the beginning of the year. Gotta heal up, but I feel great. I'm able to get on the court a little bit right now, do something different things. But my rehab has definitely been very conservative. They're really taking it easy with me, being patient with me." Fantasy owners who are optimistic about Porter’s health have a case to take him in the later rounds of a draft, as the team got thinner at the rookie’s position(s) over the summer, mainly due to the departure of Wilson Chandler. More conservative Fantasy owners also have a case to stay away and let someone else take the risk, as many NBA teams did on draft night. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.28 million contract with the Nuggets in July of 2018.
Hopes he will play in LVSL
FDenver Nuggets
Knee
July 6, 2019
Porter (knee) noted in an interview that he thinks he'll be able to "get out there" later in summer league, Ryan Greene of CBS Denver reports.
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While the decision ultimately rests with the team, Porter is optimistic about his chances of recovering from a sprained knee in time to make a summer league appearance. There's plenty of reason to be cautious during exhibition play, but Porter also expressed in the interview how much he's been looking forward to 2019 summer league.
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Likely out for summer league
FDenver Nuggets
Knee
July 4, 2019
Porter suffered a left knee sprain during a scrimmage Wednesday and is not expected to play in summer league, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports.
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Won't have restrictions
FDenver Nuggets
July 1, 2019
Porter will not have any restrictions when the Las Vegas Summer League begins Friday, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
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Will play Summer League
FDenver Nuggets
Back
May 13, 2019
Porter said at Monday's exit interview that he's full cleared and expects to play for the Nuggets' summer league entry, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
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Still not taking contact
FDenver Nuggets
Back
February 21, 2019
Coach Michael Malone said Porter (back) participated in portions of Thursday's practice, but the rookie will remain out for Friday's game in Dallas and is without a timeline to make his NBA debut, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
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Still without timeline for debut
FDenver Nuggets
Back
January 29, 2019
Coach Michael Malone said Jan. 16 that Porter (back) remains without a timeline for making his NBA debut, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports. "There are days [Porter is] able to go through parts of practice -- noncontact, of course-- and you see his size, his skill level, his shooting," Malone said. "The guy has a pure jump shot. You forget how long he is. When we do ballhandling and finishing drills, you see his handle and ability to finish, and it's impressive. When we do shooting drills and you see his stroke and how pure it is. It's really encouraging."
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