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: 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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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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NBA Draft Injury Series: Justin Jackson’s Shoulder

By Dr. Ankur Verma

The NBA Combine just wrapped up in Chicago and while many of the prospects went through drills and scrimmaging, the most important part of the Combine remains the medicals.

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

For analysis of Michael Porter Jr., click here.

For analysis of Bruce Brown, click here.

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 take a look at the curious case of Justin Jackson.

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NBA Draft Injury Series: Bruce Brown’s Jones Fracture

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, we are looking at 2018 NBA Draft prospects with injury questions and trying to determine if we can glean anything about their future based on their respective injuries.

For analysis of Michael Porter Jr., click here.

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 take a look at potential first-round pick Bruce Brown.

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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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