Porter, eager to beat a Clippers who predicted he would "never play again"

Michael Porter started as a favorite to number 1 in the 2018 Draft until he was injured and fell to 14. The Clippers were among those who passed him.


Michael Porter's list is extensive. That of teams that did not bet on him in the 2018 Draft, in which he was chosen in the 14th position when he aspired to the 1st after being seriously injured in college. He was on par with Doncic and Ayton for the privileged position and ended up being the last lottery pick because of his physical problems. The list has in the conference semifinals that the Nuggets dispute against the Clippers a possibility of being smaller if Porter stands out and can cross out the Angelenos, one of the teams that tested him and did not choose him, the same.

Porter was one of the highlights of the 2018 litter, a marvel that they had at their disposal in Missouri, his birth state, until a lumbar microdissectomy on the L3 and L4 discs forced him to undergo surgery once before the draft and again after the draft. He stayed all of 2018/19 without being able to play, this being the rookie season for him and after having been a year and a half off the courts.

When he goes to the semifinals of the Western Conference in these 2020 Playoffs, he will meet the Clippers, one of the teams that let him pass and chose another player. In the case of the Angelenos they had two elections, 12 and 13, but they transferred the 12 to get Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (now, in the Thunder) and they chose in 13 Jerome Robinson (now, in the Wizards). Porter remembers it now: "It's going to be fun to play against them. Their doctor, who wrote the report on me, wrote something like that I was never going to play basketball again. He knew, after that, he was not going to choose me. ". Rivers, the Clips coach, also talks about it: "For us it was a blow. We had him on our agenda, but the red flag was very red after seeing the medical report. It was a shame that we passed on him because we all knew the potential that he had, the only thing that worried was his health ". Against Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, who play in his position, he will have a test from which he can benefit greatly and even get a little revenge if he removes them from the title.

The Nuggets ended up picking Porter. It is not the only bet by a player with physical problems that they make. The last has been Bol Bol, also seriously injured in his university stage and robbery of the 2019 Draft (44th, aspired to the top-5).

Michael Porter, 22, plays as a forward and is halfway between being a starter or a substitute, depending on the success of Torrey Craig and helped in this final part of the season by the non-appearance of Will Barton and the transfers of Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangómez . He has carved a niche for himself and responded to Malone's confidence by crowning himself as one of the best players in the bubble, entering the second best quintet of the seeding games. He averaged 22 points in the games that remained to be played at Disney World in the regular phase and finished the tie against the Jazz with 12 points and 7 rebounds on average.

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