Michael Porter
Michael Porter
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.
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 year playing at Mizzou. His 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 for his senior season. Michael Jr. has seven siblings which include Bri, Cierra, Jontay, Coban, Jevan, Izaak and Jayda. Porter grew up as a vegetarian. Then, in 2018, he changed his diet to raw vegan.

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Porter's collegiate career felt like a pin poked into a balloon. The 6-10 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 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 draft.

Ankle injury healing well
FDenver Nuggets
April 3, 2020
Porter's described his right ankle injury suffered Jan. 31 versus the Bucks as "worse than I thought" and indicated that the NBA's suspension of the season has given him ample time to heal it up, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports.
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Porter was reportedly playing through discomfort prior to the postponement of the campaign, which may have played a role in his March 5 absence and could explain his struggles in the games just prior to the hiatus. If that's the case, Porter could return from the break looking to regain the role that saw him post 14.7 points and 9.0 rebounds over the 10 games prior to the ankle injury suffered in late January.
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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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Back in the rotation Saturday
FDenver Nuggets
March 7, 2020
Porter tallied seven points (3-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes during Saturday's 104-102 loss to Cleveland.
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Not part of rotation versus Hornets
FDenver Nuggets
March 5, 2020
Porter (coach's decision) didn't see the court during Thursday's 114-112 win over the Hornets.
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Scores 11 points Sunday
FDenver Nuggets
March 2, 2020
Porter had 11 points (4-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one steal in 19 minutes during Sunday's 133-118 victory over Toronto.
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Light workload in return
FDenver Nuggets
February 22, 2020
Porter (ankle) logged eight minutes off the bench Friday in the Nuggets' 113-101 loss to the Thunder, finishing with four points (2-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and two rebounds.
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Good to go Friday
FDenver Nuggets
February 20, 2020
Porter (ankle) will be available Friday against the Thunder, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports reports.
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