Michael Porter

Michael Porter

25-Year-Old ForwardF
Denver Nuggets
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Porter has been a frustrating player at times throughout his career, but he is one of the most talented youngsters in the league. After playing just nine games in the 2021-22 season, MPJ averaged 17.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocks last year. He also hit 3.0 three-pointers a night, shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from long range. Those shooting numbers are impressive considering how many contested looks he takes, but that's who we've seen throughout his career. We also saw Porter provide 19.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in the 2020-21 season, and it wouldn't be surprising if he gets closer to that with how dangerous the defending champs looked throughout the year on the offensive end. The assists, steals and blocks are always disappointing from a fantasy perspective, but not many three-point shooters provide the percentages MPJ does at such a high volume. Things are always easier when players like Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray are on the floor, and a career year is not out of the realm of possibility for this highly-touted 25-year-old. Porter's value remains muted because of his back issues, playing just 44 games per year through his first four years in the league (and missing his entire rookie season). Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $179.3 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.

Sinks three triples in loss
FDenver Nuggets
February 15, 2024
Porter scored 19 points (8-17 FG, 3-7 3Pt) and added four rebounds and two assists over 37 minutes in Wednesday's 102-98 loss to the Kings.
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Porter has now achieved double-digit scoring outputs in his last eight games, averaging 16.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.5 blocks and 0.3 steals in that span. However, his three-point efficiency has taken a dip recently, averaging only 34.3 percent from long distance. As the Nuggets look to bounce back after the break, they will likely need more consistency from beyond the arc from Porter.
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How does Michael Porter compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
  • True Shooting %
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    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
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    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
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    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
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58.7%
 
Effective Field Goal %
57.4%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
52.7%
 
Free Throw Rate
9.5%
 
Offensive Rebound %
4.7%
 
Defensive Rebound %
19.5%
 
Total Rebound %
12.2%
 
Assist %
6.4%
 
Steal %
0.6%
 
Block %
2.0%
 
Turnover %
6.8%
 
Usage %
20.1%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
28.8
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.9
 
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Still bothered by ankle
FDenver Nuggets
November 5, 2023
Porter revealed Saturday that the ankle injury he had suffered last season isn't completely healed and estimated his recovery at "75 percent," Harrison Wind of TheDNVR.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Porter noted that he is bothered by soreness following games but adds that it continues to improve, and the forward has yet to miss a game this season. Despite being plagued by this issue, Porter has remained productive and is averaging 15.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game through his first seven appearances of the year.
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Porter is talented, but health issues have plagued him throughout his career. It's the reason why he fell to the 14th pick in the 2018 Draft. When he was mostly healthy, he stood out by averaging 19.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.8 three-pointers during the 2020-21 season. He even shot 54.2 percent from the field and 79.1 percent from the free-throw line, making him a valuable option in fantasy. However, Porter's back issues cropped up against last season, and ultimately resulted in him needing surgery after appearing in just nine games. With a full offseason to recover, the expectation is that Porter will be ready at the start of the season. If there is a list of high risk, high reward players, he should be near, or at, the top of it. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Nuggets take a cautious approach with him as the season moves along, including resting him for one half of back-to-back sets. If he can stay healthy, he should slot right back in as the third-best scoring option behind Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.
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.
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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Cleared for Monday
FDenver Nuggets
February 12, 2024
Porter (knee) will play Monday night against the Bucks.
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Probable for Monday's contest
FDenver Nuggets
Knee
February 11, 2024
Porter (knee) is probable to play Monday versus Milwaukee.
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Ruled out for Friday
FDenver Nuggets
Knee
February 9, 2024
Porter (knee) will not play in Friday's game against the Kings.
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Likely to play against Sacramento
FDenver Nuggets
Knee
February 9, 2024
Porter is listed as probable for Friday's game versus the Kings due to right knee tendinopathy.
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Drops 27 against Lakers
FDenver Nuggets
February 9, 2024
Porter finished Thursday's 114-106 win over the Lakers with 27 points (11-20 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and one block over 38 minutes.
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