August 5, 2020, 8:07 pmMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. notched his second straight 30-point double-double on Wednesday, scoring 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting with 15 rebounds and five threes in 36 minutes.
Porter scored a career-high 37 points on Monday and followed it up with an equally impressive stat line. Porter has shot 23-of-35 from the field and 9-of-16 from deep in the past two games. He is on a crazy hot streak, but his shooting is going to regress at some point. Will Barton, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris sat out again on Wednesday and Porter's usage will take a hit when those three return. It will be interesting to see if the Nuggets keep Porter in the starting lineup over Barton once all players are healthy. MPJ has a high ceiling in fantasy, but he is still an injury risk and has yet to string together long stretches of consistent production in his rookie season.
August 3, 2020, 8:05 pmMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. scored a career-high 37 points and hauled in 12 rebounds during the Nuggets' 121-113 overtime victory over the Thunder on Monday.
Porter did a great job making up for the absences of the injured Will Barton, Gary Harris, and Jamal Murray. He shot 12-for-16 from the field and added four triples. Porter has always oozed potential, but don't expect this kind of dominance when the roster gets healthier.
August 2, 2020, 1:11 pmJamal MurrayPG, Denver Nuggets
Mike Malone deemed Jamal Murray (hamstring), Will Barton (knee) and Gary Harris (hip) "very questionable" for Monday's game.
That's not great news for a Nuggets team that is trying to hold onto the third seed in a competitive Western Conference. Their big concern is being healthy for the playoffs, of course, but this many absences will make it tough for Denver to get its act together during the seeding games. Monte Morris started on Saturday with Murray out, and PJ Dozier logged 16 minutes off the bench. Michael Porter Jr. was also elevated into the starting lineup but battled foul trouble and didn't do much with his opportunity. Torrey Craig should also get minutes if the Nuggets are without their top two wing options in Barton and Harris. Morris and Porter are the only two alternatives we'd feel comfortable with in fantasy lineups.
Source: Kendra Andrews on Twitter
August 1, 2020, 6:07 pmMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. played 25 minutes as a starter on Saturday, turning in just 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting, adding three assists, one rebound and one block.
Porter shifted into the starting lineup after a number of the regular options were ruled out. It was only the second start of his career but unfortunately, he was unable to capitalize on the opportunity. He has flashed his upside throughout his rookie season, although the inconsistencies have him sitting as more of a late-round guy at this stage.
August 1, 2020, 12:49 pmMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets have announced Nikola Jokic, Paul Millsap, Michael Porter Jr, Torrey Craig and Monte Morris as the starters against the Heat on Saturday.
The Nuggets are missing three key players in Gary Harris, Jamal Murray and Will Barton but have plenty of depth to plug in the gaps. Monte Morris has strong fantasy potential and Torrey Craig does his thing from time to time as well. Michael Porter Jr. is the big one here as he will make the second start of his career and it will be interesting to see what he does with the superb upside he has shown at times this season.
Source: TJ McBridge on Twitter
July 27, 2020, 9:56 pmMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. ended Monday's scrimmage with 19 points, seven rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes.
It was Porter's first game action since entering the bubble. He shot 8-for-13 from the floor. Porter had dealt with an ankle injury and was diagnosed with COVID-19 prior to arriving in Orlando. All in all, this performance was a positive sign for the Nuggets.
July 27, 2020, 5:38 pmJamal MurrayPG, Denver Nuggets
According to head coach Michael Malone, the Nuggets are hoping Jamal Murray, Will Barton, Michael Porter Jr. and Keita Bates-Diop will all be in action on Monday.
Murray is yet to play in a scrimmage but it would appear he is good to go for Monday's game against the Magic. Along with Barton, Porter Jr. and Bates-Diop, Murray's absence has likely been more of a precaution as the Nuggets prepare for a deep playoff run. He had been flirting with top-50 value prior to the shutdown and should be able to continue with similar production upon the resumption, making him a late third-round target in most instances.
Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter
July 25, 2020, 2:54 pmMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter has cleared all screenings but will not play in Saturday's scrimmage.
Singer adds that he was told Porter as well as Jamal Murray would be available if it was a real game but Nuggets are not going to rush them. Porter flashed some serious upside this season and should have a decent role in the restart although the Nuggets' abundant depth may make it difficult for him to truly break out. He should still be a popular sleeper next season.
Source: Mike Singer in Twitter
July 24, 2020, 12:43 pmMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. has cleared quarantine in Orlando and must now pass his cardiac test in order to return to practice.
Porter arrived at the bubble on Wednesday and it sounds like he'll be back on the court shortly. It's still a toss-up as to whether he'll be in the playoff rotation, but he's expected to be in the rotation during resumption season. It remains to be seen if he'll get enough minutes to carve out fantasy value in that time, but his per-minute numbers have always been great.
Source: Mike Singer on Twitter
July 22, 2020, 2:07 pmMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. is expected to arrive at the NBA bubble in Orlando on Wednesday.
This is a positive sign for the Nuggets, who are still waiting for Gary Harris and Torrey Craig to be cleared for action. Porter averaged 7.5 points and 4.1 rebounds in limited minutes during his first regular season in the NBA. He previously tested positive for COVID-19 but has recovered.
Source: Denver Post
July 16, 2020, 5:01 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Troy Daniels told the media that the Nuggets currently only have 8-10 players in Orlando which infers that 7-9 players are yet to join the squad for the NBA restart.
This news comes as a bit of a shock as it was previously reported that only three players (Gary Harris, Michael Porter Jr. and Torrey Craig) were not in Orlando due to positive Covid-19 tests. If Daniels was accurate with his estimation, this means that there are an additional two-four players that are also away from the team and it is unclear as to why. This is definitely a situation to monitor as the NBA looks to get up and running by the end of the month. Everyone is hopeful that the league can resume in a safe manner in such a difficult time.
Source: Kendra Andrews on Twitter
July 13, 2020, 2:10 pmGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Chris Haynes is reporting that Gary Harris, Michael Porter Jr. and Torrey Craig did not travel to Disney World with the rest of the Nuggets.
A number of healthy players have chosen to head to Orlando on their own time rather than go with their teams' traveling parties, but any absences are sure to generate speculation. Hopefully this is a case of the former, as Harris and Craig are critical to Denver's perimeter defense, while Mike Malone was talking Porter up as a potential member of the playoff rotation thanks to his rebounding, offensive touch and energy. This trio of Nuggets will be subject to quarantine whenever they do arrive in Orlando, assuming they're all still planning on making the trip at some point.
July 9, 2020, 8:03 pmMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. averaged 7.5 points, 0.8 3s, .4.1 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.4 blocks on .495 shooting in 48 games for 263/249 value in 8/9-cat leagues.
Porter Jr. had some huge games and amazing highlight reel stretches which had fantasy owners clamoring to scoop him on the waiver wire several times this season. The game tape shows a rookie who is extremely raw, but has an uncanny knack for making plays on both ends of the floor. It's way too hard to trust MPJ given his injury history (hip injury in college and back surgery last year), but he'll be a juicy "sleeper" pick next year for all of the reasons above. For now, it's too hard to peg his actual value with all the moving parts the Nuggets have.
April 3, 2020, 12:57 pmMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. said that his right ankle is now properly healed.
Porter missed six games with a right ankle injury, and though he was able to play in nine of Denver's last 10 games (the absence was a DNP-CD) before the hiatus, he admitted that his ankle was still bothering him and he was playing through pain. MPJ flashed tremendous potential when given the appropriate minutes but it's going to be hard for him to hold fantasy value outside of deeper formats when the Nuggets are fully healthy — he topped 15 minutes just three times in those nine games. The silver lining of the league's suspension is that hurt and injured players are getting the chance to heal up, Porter included.
Source: Denver Post
February 29, 2020, 1:04 amMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. was invisible in Friday's loss to the Clippers, getting just nine minutes off the bench from coach Mike Malone and wound up chipping in seven points on 3-of-4 shooting with three rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist and one block.
So much for MPJ being someone the Nuggets would like to see develop this season. He's shown his fair share of flashes this season, but random night like this make him difficult to trust, even in ultra-deep H2H leagues. Drop him if your fantasy team needs a consistent end-of-bench kinda guy.