Michael Porter Jr.
Michael Porter Jr.
20-Year-Old ForwardF
Denver Nuggets
Injury Back
Est. Return 1/13/2019
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.
Impressing in workouts
FDenver Nuggets
December 12, 2018
Porter (back) is still without a return timetable, but he's impressed the team in recent workouts, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports.
Windhorst included the report as a mere tidbit in a recent article, but it's nonetheless positive news for the 13th overall pick, who fell in June's draft amid concerns about his back. Porter has been slowly recovering from surgery that robbed him of nearly his entire freshman season at Missouri, but he's ramped up his activity in recent weeks and, per Windhorst, has surprised the Nuggets with how well he's shooting the three. It remains to be seen when Porter might be cleared to make his debut, but whenever that day comes, the banged-up Nuggets will welcome him with open arms.
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No timetable for return
FDenver Nuggets
October 28, 2018
Porter (back) doesn't have a timetable for a return to the court, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
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Won't play in opener
FDenver Nuggets
October 16, 2018
Porter (back) won't be available for Wednesday's game against the Clippers, T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports reports.
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Will remain out Tuesday
FDenver Nuggets
October 2, 2018
Porter (back) has been ruled out for Tuesday's preseason matchup against the Lakers.
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Out Sunday
FDenver Nuggets
September 30, 2018
Porter Jr. (back) will not play Sunday against the Lakers due to low back surgery.
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Out for start of camp
FDenver Nuggets
September 25, 2018
Porter Jr. (back) did not participate in Tuesday's opening day of training camp, T.J McBride of Mile High Sports reports.
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