Michael Porter, Jr.
Michael Porter Jr. NBA Draft Profile
Michael Porter Jr.: 6’10 211 19 years old Missouri
- Long athlete, standing at almost 6’11 (6’10 3/4) with a 7’0 wingspan. His ability to move and handle like a guard is extremely impressive.
- Great shooter overall. Great pull up jumper (his go-to move), contested shooting and shooting off the dribble.
- Strong rebounder. Played limited minutes due to injury but still averaged close to double digit RPG.
- Mid-range jumper seems automatic, he can score here while fading, contested however. Mid-range game is an important key for an NBA scorer, every player in the league averaging 20+ PPG is effective here.
- Dangerous in transition especially as a ball handler. He will take it coast to coast whenever given the opportunity.
- Attacks the rim with aggression and is a more than capable finisher.
- Significant injury concern, Markelle Fultz’s situation this past season only causes concern as teams fear Porter will have similar problems (report came out recently of Porter having to cancel a pro day due to him aggravating his hip injury).
- Don’t know how he will perform defensively on the pro level, we have only REALLY seen him play in college for two games.
Bottom Line/NBA Perspective:
Michael Porter Jr. only played 53 minutes of college basketball. Even so, he is one of the most talented players in the nation and must be a Top 5 pick in the NBA draft this summer. Porter is extremely skilled for a player his size, at a near 6-11 and 215 pounds he has great handle and athleticism along with special shot making ability that make him a can’t miss prospect in this class. Porter was considered by many as the favorite to be the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft prior to his November back surgery and hip concerns. These injuries definitely make him a risk, but the potential reward is so great that it may be worthwhile for a team to select him high and possibly wait a year for him to be fully healthy a la Markelle Fultz.
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