Michael Porter

Michael Porter

23-Year-Old ForwardF
Denver Nuggets
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Injury Back
Est. Return 10/1/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Despite continued concerns about Porter's injury history -- specifically, his surgically repaired back -- he stayed mostly healthy last season and appeared in 61 of 72 regular-season games for the Nuggets. In a breakout campaign, the forward averaged 19.0 points on 54/45/79 shooting, 7.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.6 combined blocks-plus-steals. His impressive efficiency led to him posting the league's seventh-highest true-shooting percentage (66.3%). He had six 30-point games and 15 double-doubles. Overall, the man they call "MPJ" ranked 43rd in fantasy on a per-game basis. Heading into 2021-22, the 23-year-old is in position to improve his numbers across the board. Jamal Murray (knee) could be out for the majority of the regular season, which means Porter will be the clear No. 2 option behind Nikola Jokic. With Murray off the court last season, Porter averaged 24.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 blocks, plus 3.4 made threes per 36 minutes. If he's able to replicate those numbers, he'll easily be worth a third-round selection. However, fantasy managers need to keep in mind his injury potential. His medicals were reportedly some of the worst that teams had ever seen coming into the 2018 Draft, which is what caused him to slip to the 14th pick. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $172.55 million contract extension with the Nuggets in September of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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). 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.

Gets shots up pregame
FDenver Nuggets
Out For Season
January 5, 2022
Porter (back) was spotted going through light shooting drills prior to Monday's game against Dallas, Mike Singer of the Denver Post reports.
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Porter underwent another back surgery just over a month ago, so it's extremely encouraging that he's already been cleared for even the lightest on-court work. The expectation remains that Porter will likely remain sidelined for the duration of the 2021-22 season, but the Nuggets have not firmly closed the door on a potential return, so the 23-year-old's rehab process will be worth monitoring closely. For fantasy purposes, however, Porter Jr.'s season can essentially be chalked up as a loss. Even if he were to come back, it would likely be too late for him to salvage much value for season-long managers.
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Porter made his much-anticipated NBA debut last season after missing all of 2018-19 due to a back injury. His overall stats were modest -- 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 16.4 minutes -- but Porter's upside showed through when he was given extended run. In the nine games (regular season and playoffs) that he saw 30-plus minutes, the forward averaged 23.1 points (55/51/94 shooting splits), 9.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.7 combined blocks-plus-steals. Heading into 2020-21, he's expected to start at forward for the Nuggets after both Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee left in free agency. Porter's defensive deficiencies are noteworthy, but coach Michael Malone doesn't have the same personnel available to keep him on the bench when he's struggling on that side of the ball. Plus, Porter's offensive potential is enormous. Fantasy managers need to keep in mind Porter's injury history dating back to high school, but he could be in store for a breakout sophomore campaign.
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.
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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Set for another back surgery
FDenver Nuggets
Out For Season
November 29, 2021
Porter (back) will undergo surgery Wednesday on his lower back, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. He's expected to miss the rest of the season as a result, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
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Season in jeopardy
FDenver Nuggets
Out For Season
November 21, 2021
Porter is dealing with a nerve issue in his back that could cause him to miss significant time, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports.
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Still out for 'foreseeable future'
FDenver Nuggets
Out For Season
November 14, 2021
Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said Sunday that Porter (back) remains out for the "foreseeable future," NBA writer T.J. McBride reports.
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Out Sunday
FDenver Nuggets
Out For Season
November 13, 2021
Porter (back) is out Sunday against the Trail Blazers, Harrison Wind of TheDNVR.com reports.
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Officially out Friday
FDenver Nuggets
Out For Season
November 11, 2021
Porter (back) will not play Friday against the Hawks.
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