Michael Porter
Michael Porter
22-Year-Old ForwardF
Denver Nuggets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Porter is one of the more interesting prospects heading into the 2019-20 season, as the former USA Today High School Player of the Year in 2017 has played limited amounts of competitive basketball over the last two years due to a lingering back injury. After being cleared to participate in summer league, the Nuggets ultimately held Porter out due to a minor knee injury. Before arriving at Missouri, the 6-foot-10 Porter showed he had the physical tools and scoring ability that NBA teams desire in a modern wing, but his inability to take the floor in a healthy manner since has left the prospect as a big mystery for the league. The emergence of Torrey Craig and Malik Beasley as legitimate contributors for the Nuggets last season afforded them some time with Porter, and assuming the development of Craig and Beasley continues to head in a positive direction, Denver will likely be careful with the 21-year-old this year. Still, given Porter's pre-NBA accolades, it wouldn't be surprising if he finds himself in a legitimate rotation role with the Nuggets, able to play both forward spots and shooting guard. We know what Porter's floor is, but if he can reach a realistic ceiling of 25 minutes per game, he should hold fantasy relevance. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.28 million contract with the Nuggets in July of 2018. Nuggets exercised $3.55 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Michael Porter Jr. was born in 1998 in Columbia, Missouri. His mother, Lisa, played basketball at Iowa. His father, Michael Porter Sr. played college ball at New Orleans and was also an assistant coach at the University of Missouri during Michael Jr.'s one season there. Younger brother Jontay Porter also played at Mizzou. For high school ball, Porter attended Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School in Columbia, Missouri, before transferring to Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Washington for his senior season. Porter has seven siblings (Bri, Cierra, Jontay, Coban, Jevan, Izaak and Jayda). Porter grew up as a vegetarian. Then, in 2018, he changed his diet to raw vegan. Check him out on Twitter (@MPJr).

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Porter's collegiate career felt like a pin poked into a balloon. The 6-foot-10 forward was one of the top recruits in his class. As a high school senior in Washington, he averaged 36.2 points and 13.6 rebounds and his team was undefeated on its way to a Class 3A State Championship. Porter put up 19 points in the Nike Hoop Summit. Originally, he was going to stay in state and play for coach Lorenzo Romar at Washington. When Romar was fired, the sweet-shooting forward chose Missouri, in order to play with his brother Jontay. He hurt his back in his first game of the season and the injury required surgery. Porter made appearances in the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. He had 16 points, 10 rebounds and three steals in the loss to Florida State in the first round of the Big Dance. After the abbreviated season, Porter declared for the 2018 NBA Draft and was selected with the 14th overall pick by the Denver Nuggets.

Huge double-double in OT win
FDenver Nuggets
August 3, 2020
Porter scored a game-high 37 points (12-16 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 9-9 FT) while adding 12 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 44 minutes during Monday's 121-113 overtime win over the Thunder.
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With the Nuggets' usual starting lineup decimated by injuries, the team needed someone other than Nikola Jokic to step up on offense, and Porter answered the call by setting a new career high in scoring. It was also his sixth career double-double in 50 games. The 22-year-old's upside is undeniable if he can stay healthy, and he appears to be 100 percent fit right now.
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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft and signed a rookie deal shortly thereafter
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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.
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Posts 11 points, three dimes
FDenver Nuggets
August 1, 2020
Porter posted 11 points (4-11 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three assists, one rebound and one block in 24 minutes during Saturday's 125-105 loss to the Heat.
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Draws second career start
FDenver Nuggets
August 1, 2020
Porter will start at small forward in Saturday's bubble opener against the Heat, Katy Winge of Altitude Sports reports.
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Scores 19 in scrimmage
FDenver Nuggets
July 28, 2020
Porter went for 19 points (8-12 FG, 3-6 3PT, 4-4 FT) and seven rebounds in Monday's scrimmage against Orlando.
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Clears physical but won't scrimmage
FDenver Nuggets
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July 25, 2020
Porter (undisclosed) passed the physical he was required to undergo in order to practice and play, but he will not participate in Saturday's scrimmage against the Pelicans, Harrison Wind of TheDNVR.com reports.
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Clears quarantine period
FDenver Nuggets
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July 24, 2020
Porter has cleared the league-mandated quarantine period but must still pass a cardiac screening before taking the court, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports.
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