Michael Porter Jr. fell to No. 14 in Thursday’s NBA Draft amid medical concerns, and although his status remains unclear, the Nuggets appear confident they can get Porter back to where he needs to be on the court.
I have little doubt that we’ll get him right, Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said Friday, via The Denver Post.
Many teams at the top of the draft skipped over the 6-10 forward out of fear about his long-term medical outlook. He played only three games in 2017-18 with Missouri, suffering a back injury just two minutes into his college career. That injury, a herniated disk, required surgery.
Kroenke told The Undefeated he was uncertain about whether Porter would play in summer league or during the 2018-19 season.
Michael is an incredible talent and we were surprised to see him available at No. 14, Kroenke told The Undefeated via a text message. We know the risks associated with him due to his recent back injury at Missouri, but he’s an incredibly hard worker, is an outstanding young man and we think he will fit in well with our up-and-coming group in Denver.
The Nuggets likely will not rush Porter’s return to the court.
Embiid did not play a single game in his first two years out of Kansas after being taken with the No. 3 overall pick by the 76ers in 201He went on to play a mere 31 games in his third year out of college as he dealt with multiple injuries.
He apparently doesn’t think he’s comparable to Porter though even though the No. 14 pick by the Nuggets played just three games in college.
Futhermore, Embiid doesn’t want to be compared to the No. 1 overall pick in Deandre Ayton.
Ayton has similar size, athleticism and shooting ability to Embiid, but the 76ers center took a shot at another part of the former Arizona center’s game.
Whether or not Embiid has stolen the show remains to be seen, but with more than 30,000 likes and retweets he certainly has captured people’s attention.
The 6-7 wing didn’t appear to improve much as a sophomore based on strict box score metrics, but he became a more diverse shooter and shot creator in his second season. Denver needs a long-term solution at small forward, and the 20-year-old could help.