The Denver Nuggets got lucky by having rookie Michael Porter Jr drop to them at 14th in the 2018 NBA Draft. Not only were they looking for a versatile wing to complete their roster, they were also looking for another alpha to join Jamal Murray and aid in the irritation of their opponents. The Nuggets dealt Wilson Chandler, their starting small forward and have hopes that Porter Jr and Paul Millsap will become a formidable combo forward tandem that along with Nikola Jokic, would be able to spread the floor and attack the rim relentlessly. All three have a great shooting touch and have shown the ability to finish around the rim efficiently. Porter Jr has to work on his toughness but his game should transition well to the NBA.
If Michael Porter Jr gets healthy, he should be able to contribute in spurts this upcoming season. He still has a lot of work to do in order to improve his offensive attack but he has the tools to be one of the better wings in terms of getting his shot off against his defenders. Defensively, Porter is active but is often caught straight up and gets beat on the perimeter too easily. With the right coaching, Porter can be a stalwart defensively with his size, length and athleticism.
The Nuggets Sign Their Rookie
On July, 3rd, the Denver Nuggets announced via email to media that they have officially inked Michael Porter Jr to a multi-year contract. The former MVP of the McDonald’s High School All American Game will get his chance to prove himself after sliding from the top prospect on plenty of draft boards last season, all the way to 14th in the NBA Draft. It is still unclear whether he will be able to play next season and it not a great sign that he was left out of the Nuggets’ summer league roster. A positive sign is this video by Patrick Arsenault of Porter Jr in the Nuggets’ Summer League practice.
Porter getting individual shots up pic.twitter.com/biDWCNnXts
— Patrick Arsenault (@parsenault19) July 2, 2018
The future is bright for Porter Jr and the Nuggets are excited to be part of it.