Michael Porter Jr.
Michael Porter Jr.
21-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.
Continues to impress
FDenver Nuggets
October 15, 2019
Porter Jr. tallied 11 points (5-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt), five rebounds, two blocks, and one steal in 21 minutes during Monday's 107-102 preseason victory over Phoenix.
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Porter Jr. had another impressive outing Monday, scoring 11 points on efficient shooting, adding a combined three defensive stats. He is likely to be in the rotation from opening night although his exact role remains unclear. He could be worth a look with a final-round pick and those who do take the jump may have to exercise patience before seeing any reward on their investment.
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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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Solid outing in NBA debut
FDenver Nuggets
October 9, 2019
Porter Jr. finished with nine points (4-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), and three rebounds in 17 minutes during Tuesday's 105-94 preseason victory over Portland.
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Will play Tuesday
FDenver Nuggets
October 7, 2019
Porter will play in Tuesday's preseason opener against Portland, T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports reports.
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Spending time with top unit
FDenver Nuggets
Knee
October 3, 2019
Porter has spent time running with the Nuggets' starting group in recent practices, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
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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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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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