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?
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.
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:
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.