Why Michael Porter Jr. Fell in the Draft

By Dr. Ankur Verma

 

Michael Porter Jr. (TonyTheTiger).

In the hours leading up to the 2018 NBA Draft, that sound you heard was the rush of NBA writers everywhere updating their mock drafts.  According to various sources, a recent medical report caused enough concern among teams that Porter—once a candidate for the top overall pick and, more recently, a candidate to go #2 to the Kings or #4 to Memphis—was now projected to drop out of the top half of the lottery.  Some draftniks even had him out of the top 10.

The heresy proved to be more than correct: Porter fell all the way to pick #14, where the Denver Nuggets scooped him up.

We previously wrote about Porter’s back injury and how it may impact his pro career, but teams were well aware of this issue heading into draft season.  Porter had missed nearly the whole college season, after all.

So why did Porter suffer a nearly Aaron Rodgers-like fall?

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Complete NBA Draft Injury Series

By Dr. Ankur Verma

 

(Source: bikeride from Canton, CT, USA/Flickr).

In the lead up to the 2018 NBA Draft, we have taken a look at various prospects that have injury question marks on their resumes.  Using the information available—as well as our medical knowledge, statistics, historical precedence, and the players’ actual basketball skills—we have tried to project the draft stocks of these players, and in some instances indicated at what range an NBA front office should feel comfortable drafting them.

The prospects have ranged from prominent lottery picks to dark-horse second rounders.

Click on the links below to view the prospect profile of your choice.

Michael Porter Jr.

Lonnie Walker, Rawle Alkins, and Jarred Vanderbilt

Bruce Brown

Justin Jackson

Kevin Hervey

NBA Draft: Quick Hits on Walker, Alkins, and Vanderbilt

By Dr. Ankur Verma

Over the last few weeks, we have chronicled a few NBA Draft prospects that have injury questions.  We have tried to determine if there is anything we can glean about their NBA futures from their injuries.

With the draft now rapidly approaching, I wanted to conclude our NBA Draft Injury Series by briefly hitting on three prospects with varying levels of ability that are expected to go in the draft Thursday night: fast-rising Miami guard Lonnie Walker, energetic Arizona guard Rawle Alkins, and former five-star Kentucky recruit Jarred Vanderbilt.

To read up on the prospects we have already reviewed, click the following links:

Michael Porter Jr.

Bruce Brown

Justin Jackson

Kevin Hervey

With time winding down, let’s go through them in quick succession:

Lonnie Walker. (TonyTheTiger).

Lonnie Walker IV, Miami, SG, Age 19, 6’5”, 196 lbs.

A once heralded recruit, Walker has been a fast-riser in the draft and is now getting buzz to go as high as the top-10.

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On Miguel Cabrera, Torn Biceps, and the Future

By Dr. Ankur Verma

 

Miguel Cabrera. (Keith Allison/Flickr).

In March 2014, Miguel Cabrera signed a professional sports record-setting eight year, $248 million extension with the Detroit Tigers.  Though there were whispers in a few corners about the potentially massive downside of this contract, the Tigers were still baseball royalty at the time and such concerns were somewhat brushed off given the team’s decade-long playoff contention.  However, those whispers grew to outright conversation as we witnessed the steep decline of one of Miggy’s contemporaries, Albert Pujols.

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Can Brooks Koepka Bounce Back from his Wrist Injury?

By Dr. Wyatt Kupperman

 

Shinnecock Hills, the site of the 2018 US Open. (Roger Rowlett/ShareAlike 2.5)

I am still celebrating the historic Washington Capitals Stanley Cup win.  I encourage everyone to watch some of the videos from the interwebs.  You will be highly entertained.  

But this week we shift gears towards another National Championship, the US Open, which is to be played out in the Hamptons at Shinnecock Hills.  The focus will be on Tiger since he commands significant coverage as it has been 10 years since that last US Open win defeating Rocco Mediate…..but this isn’t about Tiger.  

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NBA Draft Injury Series: Kevin Hervey’s ACL Tears

By Dr. Ankur Verma

 

The NBA Combine has wrapped up and the deadline for declaring for the draft has passed as well.  Teams are bringing in prospects for personal workouts and formulating their draft boards.  Of course, medicals play a huge part in their evaluations.

In honor of that, we are looking at 2018 NBA Draft prospects and trying to determine if we can glean anything about their future based on their respective injury red flags.

The draft is June 21.

For our analysis of Michael Porter Jr., click here.

For our analysis of Bruce Brown, click here.

For our analysis of Justin Jackson, click here.

As always, we’re not privy to specific medical information for these prospects; we’re just trying to draw conclusions based on available public information.

Today, we’ll look at dark horse first-rounder Kevin Hervey.

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2018 MLB Draft Mega Injury Preview

By Dr. Ankur Verma

 

Credit: slgckgc on Flickr.

The MLB draft is on Monday June 4 this year.  As a draft junkie, it’s appointment television for me.  But for the MLB draft in particular, I’ve always been fascinated by the proceedings.  Teams can’t trade draft picks and many times picks are made for signability issues due to each team having a certain spending cap.  So it’s just fun to watch it unfold.  And, of course, there is always injury drama.

I decided to go through the top 32 players on ESPN’s Keith Law’s 2018 Big Board (as of May 24, 2018) and highlight a few prospects that have potential injury questions.  As always, we’re not privy to medical information and considering these are college and high-school baseball players, have even less to go on.

Casey Mize, RHP, Auburn (Law Big Board Rank: 1)

Casey Mize. (Credit: Brandonrush).

The presumptive Number 1 overall pick of the 2018 draft brings an interesting debate to the table.  One of the reasons Continue reading