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NBA Draft 2018: Michael Porter Jr. Looking Like A Risky Pick

By Fitzgerald Cecilio
on Jun 16, 2018 07:46 AM EDT
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Sacramento Kings is reportedly planning to use pick No. 2 of the 2018 NBA Draft to get Michael Porter Jr.

However, doubts about his health could affect his Draft stock, after he canceled his scheduled Pro Day workout in Chicago on Friday due to hip spasms.

Earlier, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reported that Porter would undergo tests. Later in the day, Charania said that the Missouri star's MRI returned clean with "an even more positive review" compared to a recent examination.

Porter, a one-and-done prospect, is expected to become a lottery pick although he only played for a total of 53 minutes in his stint at Missouri due to a back injury. Despite his limited action in college, experts placed him on top of mock drafts, with Gary Parrish and Kevin O'Connor putting him at No. 4 to the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Kings might take Porter at No. 2, but they could change their mind following the cancellation of his workout according to Sam Amick of USA Today. The Kings reportedly want more intel on Porter's medical and another look at him via workout. Porter's camp said they would reschedule his workout.

Porter's Father Wants Pro Day

Earlier, Porter's father announces that they wouldn't be releasing his son's medical information to NBA teams or allow the former Tiger to travel for any private workout. Instead, Porter's father will hold a pro day workout at the Chicago Bulls facility.

Porter's camp will only allow the Bulls medical staff to examine him. The result of the medical examination will then be shared with teams attending the workout. However, Porter's medical examination and holding a staged workout could cloud his Draft stock, Patrick Redford of Deadspin opines.

If Porter's health continues to become a mystery for lottery teams, he could find himself slipping out of the Top 15 and could be taken off the board late in the first round. According to Mike Scotto of The Athletic, the Kings are reportedly bringing in Wendell Carter Jr. from Duke for an individual workout.

Porter A One and Done out of Missouri

Porter's back injury limited him to just 53 minutes in his lone season at Missouri. In three games with the Tigers, the 6-foot-11 Porter averaged 10.0 points and 6.7 rebounds.

In his scouting report, O'Connor describes Porter Jr. as a tall, athletic forward who can drain shots from anywhere. However, O'Connor emphasized Porter's downside, including his lack of advanced ball handling skills and poor shot selection.

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