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“Offense for me should be on autopilot, I should be focused on the intangibles” — Michael Porter Jr. reflects on his performances so far

Porter realizes his shortcomings on the court and isn't afraid to address them out in the open.
Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr.

Michael Porter Jr.

Michael Porter Jr. was picked up as the 14th pick in Round 1 by the Denver Nuggets in the 2018 draft when he was just 20. Nuggets management entrusted the young SF to produce a commanding display on the court since he was drafted, but Porter Jr. has had to face the major brunt of criticism due to his injury-laden career.

Michael has been plagued with back issues since his college days, and they just aggravated since he joined the Association, which forced him to sit out almost two whole seasons. The first was his rookie year, and the second was last season. The Nuggets seem to be confident Porter's health is going to be fine given the fact they gave him a five-year - $179 million contract. 

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Unforeseen Talent.

Not many teams battled to sign Porter Jr., considering his back issues as a rookie from Missouri, and there were more jeers directed at the Nuggets for tying him down with such a hefty contract from the beginning. But there is no denying how talented this 6'10" SF is. Not considering his two seasons marred with injuries, he has averaged 15 PPG and 6.1 RPG, and this season he is averaging almost 30 Mins per game. Michael is naturally an offensive player, so his work rate is somewhat low toward the defensive end.

Brian Windhorst backed Porter's claim about his defensive abilities when Micahel said: "Offense for me should be on autopilot, I should be focused on the intangibles, the defense, the rebounding, the dirty work. Then that just involves you in the game." Porter realizes what is lacking in his game and isn't afraid of accepting that.

Can he become the Golden Nugget?

Porter claims to return the faith instilled upon him by the Nuggets management. His injuries have been a hurdle in his career, but the SF seems adamant about getting back to his best self for the city of Denver. Moreover, he has been linking well with Jokic and Murray, and now that they have Aaron Gordon, the Nuggets can be a force to reckon with if Porter Jr. stays consistent throughout the regular season.

Having Murray and Porter back into the squad is a huge boon for Jokic and the Nuggets, with The Joker having the potential to outperform anyone on his day, given that he maintains his fitness and keeps himself from all the injuries. 

Porter Jr. is saying all the right things. Now he just has to stay healthy enough to back those words up on the court.

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