Michael Porter Jr.

Team Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets
Position Small Forward
Height / weight 2.08 m / 99 kg
Born Jun 29, 1998
Nationality United States United States
Team History
Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 2018 - present

Michael Porter Jr. is a professional basketball player from Columbia, Missouri in the United States of America. As of April 2022, he plays in the National Basketball Association for his drafting team, the Denver Nuggets. Before joining the NBA in 2018, he was named Washington’s Mr. Basketball in 2017. In that same year, he was named the 2017 McDonald’s All-American MVP.

Player Profile

Michael Lamar Porter Jr. was born on June 29, 1998, in Columbia, Missouri in the United States of America. He stands 208 cm and his weight was last listed at 99 kg. He is a right0handed player. He grew up as a vegetarian and has later switched to being a raw vegan. He is the brother of Jontay Porter who also played collegiate basketball and in the NBA.

Career

Porter spent his first 3 years in high school at the Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School. During his third year, he successfully led his school’s team to the 2A State Championship. It was also during this time when he participated in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League averaging 11.5 rebounds and 26.2 per game. In his senior year, Porter transferred to Nathan Hale High School and was named the most valuable player of the McDonald’s All-American Game. He was also part of the Nike Hoop Summit in 2017 and became a five-star recruit. He was ranked by ESPN and Rivals.com as one of the top overall recruits in his class.

For his collegiate career, Porter initially committed to Washington but later changed to the University of Missouri after his father became the university’s assistant coach. He played for Missouri together with his father and brother, Jontay Porter. The first season was a bit bleak because of an injury that needed surgery.

It was only in the early part of 2018 when he was cleared to play again. This clearance allowed him to play in the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament and the SEC Tournament. By March 27, he declared his intention to join the 2018 NBA Draft.

On July 3, 2018, Porter signed a multiyear contract with the Denver Nuggets after being selected during the NBA draft that happened on June 21, 2018. By October 2019, he made his first professional debut after undergoing a second surgery for his back. By April 2021, he obtained a career-high score of 39 points when his team defeated the Houston Rockets.

In September 2021, he was signed by the Nuggets to a rookie contract extension that was worth a reported US$207 Million. In November 2021, it was announced that he was to miss the rest of the season because he was to undergo back surgery, his third.

Career Highlights:

  • 2017 - National high school playerof the year
  • 2017 - McDonald’s All-American MVP
  • 2017 - Washington Mr. Basketball

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