Michael Porter Jr. is a likely top-10 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, even if he doesn’t take the floor for another second of college basketball. However, arguments are forming on both sides of the argument concerning whether the Missouri freshman should attempt to return this season and the intensity of the discussion increased on the heels of news that he is now medically cleared for basketball activities. With that in mind, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman caught up with “more than 10” NBA general managers and front office executives this week and they delivered a near-consensus that Porter Jr. should take the floor if ready to do so. One GM noted that “it depends on how (Porter Jr.) looks in practice” and another flatly stated that “if he wants to be a top five pick, he should play.” Of course, those evaluations come without full-scale knowledge of where Porter Jr. is in his rehabilitation timeline and, given the nature of his back injury, there is a bit of increased risk.
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Some NBA General Managers Believe Michael Porter Jr. Should Play If Healthy And Ready
Dime Magazine | Feb 26