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Michael Porter

Missouri
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  • Born: 6/29/98 
  • Height: 6’10”
  • Wingspan: 7’0″
  • Weight: 215 lbs
  • Draft Eligibility: 2018
  • Nationality: American
  • High School: Nathan Hale High School (Washington)

Strengths

  • Tremendously fluid athlete with above average explosion and gets off the floor quickly and easily as a leaper.
  • Deadly in big space transition situations drawing fouls and gliding around players with long strides.
  • Primary scorer equity due to elite size for a combo forward, fluidity, coordination and shooting
  • Great mechanics: high release, plus elevation, good touch and great arc.
  • Elevates over the top of defenders like young Rudy Gay and has huge shooting off pin-down potential in the NBA
  • Can shoot off high speeds on pull-ups already with NBA range stopping on a dime.
  • More of a straight line slasher right now and grab-and-go transition ball-handler right now, but has a workable handle and great touch on the move around the basket.
  • Solid rebounder who can play some four with a legitimate 9-foot reach.
  • Has the feet to switch certain matchups and hard hedge defensively.
  • Shows good timing as a weak side rim protector.

Weaknesses

  • Lacks the lower body girth to hold position in the post and on the glass against NBA caliber fours. Plays with a more physical edge now, but how physical is he willing to get?
  • Floor game is a question mark at this juncture. How good is his feel? Can he pass on the move? How refined is his handle in tight spaces? Can he run a pick-and-roll?
  • Appears to lack a dynamic first step explosiveness wise, but has the threat of his pull-up which should help.
  • Not a tremendously agile lateral mover in space, and often plays too upright guarding the perimeter.

Bottom Line

Porter Jr. is perhaps the best wing/combo-forward scoring prospect to enter the draft since Kevin Durant a decade ago. He isn’t Durant, lacking that combination of handle and generational off the dribble shooting (along with plus length), but he’s a notch above everyone else as a shooter especially. Porter Jr. might be best utilized in a Paul George type role as primarily a gravity shooter off pin-downs and screens with his size, but there might be more handling upside if he shows comfort here at Missouri. Right now Porter Jr’s is best approached with an open mind as a tight-space handler and defender. If he shows both, he looks like the favorite to challenge Doncic for #1 pick honors.

— Cole Zwicker, 11.1.17

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