Michael Porter Jr.
- Personal Information:
- Full Name: Michael Lamar Porter Jr.
- Nicknames: “MPJ”, “Showtime”
- Date of Birth: June 29, 1998
- Age: 25 years
- Birthplace: Columbia, Missouri, USA
- Parents: Michael Porter Sr. and Lisa Porter (both former basketball players)
- Relatives: Brother – Jontay Porter
- Relationship Status: Currently single; previously linked to Madison Pettis
- Career Information:
- Current Team: Denver Nuggets
- Position: Power forward, Small forward
- Jersey Number: #1
- College Team: Missouri Tigers
- High School: Nathan Hale in Seattle, Washington
- NBA Draft:
- Year: 2018
- Round: 1
- Pick: 14
- Drafted by: Denver Nuggets
- NBA Debut: October 31, 2019
- Experience: 4 Years
- Current Team: Denver Nuggets
- Physical Details:
- Height: 2.08 m (6 feet 10 inches)
- Weight: 98 kg (218 pounds)
- Wingspan: 2.13 m
- Financial & Contractual Details:
- Duration: Five years
- Total Value: $179,299,750
- Annual Salary: $35,859,950
- Net Worth: Approx. $30 million
- Other Details:
Michael Porter Jr. Stats
Michael Porter Jr., wearing jersey #1, is a Small Forward for the Denver Nuggets. He has been consistent in playing for the Nuggets since the 2019-20 NBA season.
Abridged Career Statistics:
- Team: Denver Nuggets (DEN)
- Games Played (GP): 187
- Games Started (GS): 133
- Average Minutes per Game (MIN): 26.1
- Points (PTS): 15.2 PPG
- Field Goals (FG): 50.6% (5.7-11.3)
- 3-Pointers (3PT): 41.7% (2.3-5.5)
- Free Throws (FT): 79.7% (1.4-1.8)
- Rebounds (REB): 5.9 RPG
- Assists (AST): 1.1 APG
- Blocks (BLK): 0.6 BPG
- Steals (STL): 0.6 SPG
- Fouls (PF): 1.9 PFPG
- Turnovers (TO): 1.1 TOPG
- Points (PTS): 2843
- Field Goals (FG): 1073-2120
- 3-Pointers (3PT): 430-1031
- Free Throws (FT): 267-335
- Rebounds (REB): 1104
- Assists (AST): 198
Efficiency & Discipline:
- Assist to Turnover Ratio (AST/TO): 1.0
- Steal to Turnover Ratio (STL/TO): 0.6
- Scoring Efficiency (SC-EFF): 1.341
- Shooting Efficiency (SH-EFF): 0.61
- Double Doubles (DD2): 28
- Triple Doubles (TD3): 0
- Technical Fouls (TECH): 2
- Flagrant Fouls (FLAG): 3
- Disqualifications (DQ): 0
- Ejections (EJECT): 1
Michael Porter Jr. has been a significant asset for the Denver Nuggets with his scoring ability and efficiency on the court. With a promising start to his NBA career, Porter Jr. is poised to make an even bigger impact in the league in the coming years.
Michael Porter Jr. 2023-24 Profile
Michael Porter Jr. — the 6 foot 10, 218 pound Small Forward for the Denver Nuggets — is currently a supporting cast member of the Denver Nuggets’ potent roster, with established superstars Nikola Jokić and Jamal Murray being the team’s leads. Yet, many people around the league would tell you that Porter Jr. is just as (if not more) talented than both of those players. What’s more, many people also believe that Porter Jr. has only scratched the surface of his true potential. Whether he’ll be able to reach that potential with Denver remains unknown. But what’s for sure is that he adds a ton of value to the 2023 NBA Champions, and will be crucial in their quest to repeat as champs this season.
In this article, we’ll discuss Michael Porter Jr.’s general information, his pre-NBA background, what he has done in his NBA career so far, and predict what his 2023-24 season will look like.
Michael Porter Jr. General Information
Michael Porter Jr. was born on June 29, 1998, in Columbia, Missouri, USA. His parents are Michael Sr. and Lisa Porter. Lisa Porter was a standout basketball player at the University of Iowa, and Michael Porter Sr. played college basketball at the University of New Orleans, and then professionally in Europe.
Michael Porter Jr. is currently single, but has had multiple relationships with high-profile women in the past, such as Madison Pettis.
On September 29, 2021, Porter Jr. signed a five-year, $179,299,750 contract with the Denver Nuggets — making for an average annual salary of $35,859,950. His net worth is estimated to be around $30 million.
Michael Porter Jr. wears jersey number 1.
Michael Porter Jr. Background
Michael Porter Jr. attended Father Tolton High School in Columbia, Missouri for his first three years of high school before transferring to Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Washington for his senior year. As a senior, Porter Jr. averaged 36.2 points and 13.6 rebounds as he helped his team earn a perfect 29–0 record.
On March 29, 2017, Porter Jr. was named MVP of the McDonald’s All-American Game. He also won the Washington Mr. Basketball award in 2017, as well as National High School Player of the Year honors.
Porter Jr. was the #2 ranked overall recruit of his 2017 high school class by ESPN. And after initially committing to the University of Washington, Porter Jr. decommitted from there, and went on to attend (and plan to stay basketball at) the University of Missouri — joining his father, who was hired as an assistant coach there, and younger brother, Jontay.
Porter Jr. sustained an injury in the first half of his first collegiate game. The injury was to his lower back, and was significant enough to cause Porter Jr. to miss the remainer of Missouri’s 2017-18 regular season. While Porter did return in time for the SEC tournament and the NCAA tournament, he did so by coming off the bench, and playing limited minutes.
Despite this, Porter elected to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft once that freshman season finished. And while Porter Jr. was once considered to be a top overall pick before his injury, he was ultimately selected with the 14th overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft on June 21, 2018, by the Denver Nuggets.
Porter Jr.’s NBA Career So Far
Porter Jr.’s first NBA season didn’t go as planned. He ultimately had to have a second back surgery, and missed the entire 2018-19 season as a result.
Porter Jr. made his long-anticipated NBA debut on October 31, 2019, when he came off the bench and scored 15 points. On December 29 of that year, Porter made his first career NBA start, finishing with 19 points, along with six rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes in a 120–115 win over the Sacramento Kings.
On August 4, 2020, returning from the season’s suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Porter Jr. led the Nuggets to their first victory in the Orlando bubble, scoring 37 points in a 121–113 overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. In total, Porter Jr. finished the 2019-20 regular season averaging 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds — but produced 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in the 19 playoff games that Denver played that season.
On April 4th of the 2020-21 season, Porter scored a career-high 39 points in a 129–116 win over the Houston Rockets. In total, this season was the best of Porter Jr.’s young career thus far, as he averaged 19 points and 7.3 rebounds. During the 10 games that the Nuggets played in that year’s playoffs, Porter averaged 17.4 points per game and shot 39.7% from three-point range.
After only playing in nine games of the 2021-22 season, Porter Jr.’s agent announced that he required a third back surgery. Porter Jr. would miss the remainder of that 2021-22 season.
Upon returning in 2022-23, Porter Jr. would start in all 62 of the Nuggets’ regular season games, and averaged 17.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game — as well as shooting an impressive 41.4% from three-point range.
During the 2023 NBA Playoffs, Michael Porter Jr. averaged 13.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. In Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Porter Jr. put up 16 points and 13 rebounds in a 94–89 win over the Miami Heat — helping the Nuggets win their first NBA championship in franchise history.
Michael Porter Jr. 2023-24 Season Forecast
Michael Porter Jr.’s 2023-24 NBA season is sure to be an intriguing one. While he has established himself as an excellent role player for an NBA Championship-winning team, Porter Jr.’s offensive output will remain limited with Denver as long as Nikola Jokić and Jamal Murray are on the team, since they’ll be getting the lion’s share of shots. Because of that, I expect Porter Jr. to produce similar stats as he had last season.
Yet, people have pegged Porter Jr. to be a future NBA superstar for years. And all it would take is an opportunity — whether that be an injury, or trade elsewhere — for the world to see how good Michael Porter Jr. can really be. While he’s surely happy to be playing for a Championship contender, one wonders if Porter Jr. would eventually like to seek greener pastures elsewhere, and potentially ascend into NBA superstardom.
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