Michael Porter Jr.
Page updated as of 4/9/2020, scouting report written by Alan Lu.
2018 rankings were finalized on 6/21/2018.
2018 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 6
Projected Draft Range: Lottery
2018 NBA Draft: Round 1, Pick 14 by the Denver Nuggets
Solid scorer off the dribble
Adequate shooter from all over the floor
Excels at scoring on the move
Very good free throw shooter
Good defensive player that can get steals and blocks
Smart player that has a good feel for the game
Can be prone to hoisting up questionable shots
Can force the issue too much on offense
Can have lapses defensively
May not be overly physical
Missed considerable time due to a back injury
Concerns that he may not be fully healthy
Michael Porter Jr. is a vastly athletic combination forward that could potentially end up being a top 5 pick of the 2018 NBA Draft. He is a smart, skilled player that can score the basketball at will, and he is a fairly good playmaker that plays like a point forward. Plus, he possesses elite physical tools that could enable him to be a solid rebounder and defensive player.
However, he had a major back injury that caused him to miss most of the season, and while he came back, he struggled to consistently make shots against Georgia in the SEC Tournament. On the other hand, he was able to bounce back to record a double-double in a first round loss to Florida State. If he reaches his full potential, he could end up being a superstar in this league.
ESPN’s Article on Porter’s Status and Back Injury
11/10/17 Missouri vs. Iowa State
3/16/18 Missouri vs. Florida State
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