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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NBA Draft Injury Series: Michael Porter Jr.’s Back

By Dr. Ankur Verma

The NBA Combine is this week in Chicago and while many of the prospects will go through drills and scrimmaging, the most important part of the Combine remains the medicals.

In honor of that, let’s take a look at 2018 NBA Draft prospects with injury questions and determine if we can glean anything about their future based on their respective injuries.

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

Today, we’ll start with likely top-10 pick Michael Porter Jr.

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