Michael Porter Jr.

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Michael Porter Jr.
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Porter with the MVP Award for the 2017 McDonald's All-American Game
No. 1 – Denver Nuggets
PositionSmall forward
Personal information
Born (1998-06-29) June 29, 1998 (age 21)
Columbia, Missouri
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeMissouri (2017–2018)
NBA draft2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018–presentDenver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Michael Lamar Porter Jr. (born June 29, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Missouri Tigers. Porter was ranked as one of the top prospects in the class of 2017.[1][2][3] He was selected 14th overall by the Nuggets in the 2018 NBA draft.

High school career[edit]

Porter attended Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School in Columbia, Missouri, before transferring to Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Washington, for his senior year. His father, Michael Porter Sr., was hired by the University of Washington to be an assistant coach; former NBA star Brandon Roy was the coach of Nathan Hale's basketball team.[4][5]

In his senior season, he would average a massive 36.2 points and 13.6 rebounds as he helped the high school earn a perfect 29–0 record and win the Washington Class 3A State Championship. Porter was rated as a five-star recruit and ranked as one of the top overall recruits in his class by Rivals.com and ESPN.[3][2]

He participated in the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit, leading Team USA to a 98–87 victory over the World Select Team with 19 points in 23 minutes of play.[6]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Michael Porter Jr.
Columbia, MO Nathan Hale High School (WA) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Mar 24, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 97
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 2   Rivals: 1  ESPN: 2
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

In July 2016, Porter originally committed to Washington.[7] After Lorenzo Romar was fired as Washington's head coach, Porter Sr. was hired as an assistant coach for the University of Missouri. Porter Jr. later decommitted from Washington.[8]

On March 24, 2017, Porter committed to play for Missouri, joining his father and his younger brother, Jontay Porter (who reclassified from the class of 2018).

Porter was injured in the first half of the season opener against Iowa State. Porter was expected to miss the remainder of the 2017–18 season because of a lower back injury which required surgery.[9] On November 22, 2017, Porter had a successful microdiscectomy of his L3-L4 spinal discs.[10] However, on February 22, 2018, Porter Jr. was cleared to practice with Missouri again, with the potential to return to play before the end of the season. NBA executives were encouraging him to play if he was feeling healthy enough to do so.[11]

Porter would officially return to action on March 8, 2018 in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.[12] Porter would also play in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, where the team lost to Florida State. In both games, however, Porter came off of the bench to play instead of starting like he had on opening night, mainly as a precaution. On March 27, Porter announced his intention to forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility and declared for the 2018 NBA draft.[13]

Professional career[edit]

Denver Nuggets (2018–present)[edit]

On June 21, 2018, Porter was selected with the 14th overall pick by the Denver Nuggets.[14] He fell from a possible first overall pick to the 14th pick with the Nuggets due to reports regarding his health.[15] The Nuggets also discussed the possibility of having him sit out for his entire first season in the NBA in relation to his back problems.[16] On July 3, 2018, Porter signed a multi-year contract with the Nuggets.[17] On July 19, 2018, the Nuggets announced that Porter had undergone a second back surgery.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


2017–18 Missouri 3 1 17.7 .333 .300 .778 6.7 .3 1.0 .3 10.0

Personal life[edit]

Porter grew up as a vegetarian, and in 2018 changed his diet to raw vegan.[19] In addition to younger brother Jontay, he has two older sisters named Bri and Cierra.[20]


  1. ^ "Michael Porter, Nathan Hale , Small Forward". 247Sports.
  2. ^ a b "Michael Porter Jr. - Basketball Recruiting - Player Profiles - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  3. ^ a b "Rivals.com". n.rivals.com.
  4. ^ "Michael Porter Jr., Jontay transfer to Nathan Hale (Seattle) to play for new coach Brandon Roy". June 25, 2016.
  5. ^ 815-1787, Daniel Jones dmjones@columbiatribune.com. "Michael and Jontay Porter leaving storied high school careers with move to Seattle".
  6. ^ "LiveStats - USA vs World Select Team - Nike Hoop Summit". Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "Top recruit Porter commits to play at Washington".
  8. ^ "Top basketball recruit Michael Porter Jr. commits to Washington instead of MU, other finalists".
  9. ^ ESPN Newswire (November 21, 2017). "Michael Porter Jr. to have back surgery, likely out for rest of season". espn.com. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "Porter Jr. Has Surgery". CBS Sports. CBS.
  11. ^ Boone, Kyle (February 22, 2018). "Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr. cleared for all basketball activities". CBSSports.com. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  12. ^ Alex Scarborough (March 8, 2018). "Michael Porter Jr. off in return from back surgery". espn.com. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  13. ^ Boone, Kyle (March 27, 2018). "2018 NBA Draft: Michael Porter Jr. declares after one injury-plagued year at Missouri". cbssports.com.com. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  14. ^ "Report: Denver Nuggets draft pick Michael Porter Jr. uncertain for Summer League". NBA. June 23, 2018. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  15. ^ Davis, Scott (June 22, 2018). "One of the top NBA prospects tumbled in the draft over fears about an injury and lost millions". Business Insider. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  16. ^ "Report: Denver Nuggets draft pick Michael Porter Jr. uncertain for Summer League". NBA.com. June 23, 2018. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  17. ^ "Denver Nuggets Sign Rookie Michael Porter Jr". NBA.com. July 3, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  18. ^ Ward-Henninger, Colin (July 19, 2018). "Michael Porter Jr. has second back surgery, but Nuggets don't plan to sit him out for entire season, report says". CBSSports.com. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  19. ^ Cason, Christopher (May 23, 2018). "The Real-Life Diet of Michael Porter Jr., Future NBA Lottery Pick and Raw Vegan". GQ. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  20. ^ Jontay Porter’s ACL injury is devastating for these 4 reasons - SBNation.com

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