Michael Porter Jr.
High School: Nathan Hale (Seattle, WA)
Stats (senior season): 36 points, 13 rebounds per game
Stats (two games): 10 ppg, 6.7 rpg / .333 FG%, .300 3PT%, .778 FT%
Healthy Michael Porter Jr. is the best player in the 2018 NBA Draft! @MPJr
— Courtside Films (@CourtsideFilms) June 14, 2018
What Porter Jr. does well:
Shoots with range
Porter Jr. demonstrated a consistent stroke from deep dating back to his high school campaign. Nathan Hale, coached by former NBA guard Brandon Roy, steamrolled the prep circuit en route to an undefeated season during Porter Jr.’s senior year.
From pregame: Michael Porter Jr. hit 10 straight 3-pointers to close out his shooting warmup. Here's the final three: pic.twitter.com/zaozcwL63X
— Eli Lederman (@ByEliLederman) October 22, 2017
Able to slash and finish
Again, although this was tough to display in the three games Porter Jr. played at Missouri, if you go back to the Nathan Hale tape – the evidence is there.
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) June 14, 2018
At 6-foot-10, another advantage of Porter Jr.’s over similarly intriguing frontcourt prospects is the dynamic handle he possesses. The swingman appears comfortable slashing, creating and even initiating offense when necessary.
Michael Porter Jr won't be playing collegiate ball this season.
But if you saw him play in HS, you know he's nasty.
Who does his game remind you of? pic.twitter.com/ux4awBPqUi
— SLAM HS Hoops (@SLAM_HS) November 30, 2017
Capable of defending multiple positions
A trending point of emphasis throughout the NBA playoffs appeared to be coaches making the decision to switch defenders after a pick is initiated. In order to do this successfully, it is preferable to have five players on the floor capable of defending multiple positions. Porter Jr.’s length lends favorably to his defense of interior talents, his agility and recovery speed are traits that demonstrate his potential to defend quicker, smaller guards.
— Mark Kim (@MarkJKim_) March 30, 2017
Where Porter Jr. can improve:
While I wouldn’t recommend the storied Charles Barkley approach — gaining a massive amount of weight between draft night and training camp by eating fast food — it’s apparent that MPJr’s slender frame could be the only barrier that refrains him from maximizing on his potential. Kevin Durant demonstrated there is an avenue for the slim-and-trim forward in today’s game. There are other players with comparable body types who didn’t transition as seamlessly as the reigning two-time Finals MVP. Otto Porter Jr., Brandon Ingram and Khris Middleton are all at least 6-foot-8 and weighed fewer than 220 pounds prior to being drafted.
How he projects with Mavs:
Porter Jr. is an intriguing piece because he already has developed an arsenal of go-to moves. But he also compliments another cornerstone piece for Dallas.
Dennis Smith Jr. is an aggressive guard who showed potential in screen-and-roll opportunities last season. At 6-foot-10, Porter Jr. is capable of shooting with range off a set screen or even potentially slashing to the basket for a follow-finish. The potential of this duo in pick-and-roll opportunities is instant offense waiting to happen.