NBA players over-ranked by ESPN
Michael Porter Jr. (#14)
Since the middle of February or so, Michael Porter Jr. has looked like a bigger Klay Thompson – splashing highly-contested 3’s and getting easy layups in the flow of the offense. He’s even made some steps on the defensive end, especially as a weak-side rim protector.
I still would consider Porter as more of a complementary piece than a building block. First off, he’s found himself in a highly unique situation orbiting a basketball genius in Nikola Jokic. Porter’s made the most of these chances to be sure, but I haven’t seen much other than contested pull-up jumpers when he’s actually tasked to create on his own (not to mention play-make for others). Defense and injury concerns still loom.
It’s possible that I’m shortchanging Michael Porter’s potential, given his pedigree and (relative) lack of high-level experience, at least recently. He’s also been blistering even without Jokic (130 points in 169 non-Jokic minutes on a preposterous 72.2% true shooting).