Besides Arizona center DeAndre Ayton and European sensation Luka Doncic, University of Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. has been the hottest name in the 2018 NBA Draft pool as of late.
Porter Jr., 19, has seen his draft stock rise greatly over the last few weeks. Porter Jr. was widely considered the favorite to go No. 1 overall after a sensational run as a five-star recruit at Nathan Hale High School, but a lower back injury suffered in the first half of his season opener with Missouri sidelined him for all but three games.
Though Chicago appeared to be frontrunners to select the phenom No. 7 overall, there’s a “very real chance” the Sacramento Kings will select Porter Jr. with their No. 2 overall pick in the draft, according to USA Today’s Sam Amick.
There’s a very real chance the Kings would take Michael Porter Jr. at No. 2, but it’s unclear how the canceling of the Friday workout in Chicago might impact the process. They want more intel on medical and another look. Teams are being told that the workout will be rescheduled.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 14, 2018
Porter Jr. had a workout scheduled with the Chicago Bulls on Friday, but canceled it and will reschedule for unknown reasons. Numerous lottery teams including Chicago, New York, and Sacramento were all going to be in attendance.
Michael Porter Jr. is a 6-foot-11, 211-pound forward who handles the ball like a guard and is a high scoring athletic big who can score in a variety of ways. DeAndre Ayton is almost guaranteed to be taken by Pheonix No. 1 overall, but the next couple of picks seems very much in the air.
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