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Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. believes there is a 100 percent chance he plays during the 2018-19 season, according to a report from Rafael Torres of Real Ball Insiders.
Porter Jr. underwent a second back surgery in July. Porter Jr.’s camp, however, believes the latest surgery will be good for the 20-year-old in the long run and are optimistic about his prognosis.
As per source, Michael Porter Jr believes there is 100% chance he will play next season.
— Rafael Torres (@RafaelTorresNBA) August 1, 2018
The Nuggets selected Porter Jr. with the 14th overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft. Coming out of high school, Porter Jr. was projected to be a top-three pick in the draft, but his stock dropped tremendously after his first back surgery in college and the hip spasms which forced him to cancel a pre-draft workout in Chicago.
Porter Jr.’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, delivered more detailed and recent medical info to teams on Porter Jr.’s back at the draft. The medical report circulated among teams caused major concern and that’s why Porter Jr. fell to the Nuggets.
The second surgery Porter Jr. had was on his lumbar spine. The lumbar spine refers to the lower back, where the spine curves inward toward the abdomen.
When healthy, Porter Jr. is arguably the best scorer from the 2018 draft class. If he’s able to recapture his vertical and not sustain any setbacks, the Nuggets might have gotten the biggest draft steal in recent years.