Michael Porter Jr. dropped to the No. 14 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, and that allowed the Denver Nuggets to take a chance on the promising prospect. Heading into the 2020-21 NBA season, Porter is primed to take on a larger role with Denver, which is great news for his fantasy basketball outlook.
Michael Porter Jr. Fantasy Basketball Outlook
After sitting out the 2018-19 season, MPJ got his first NBA action during 2019-20, playing in 55 games (8 starts) for the Nuggets. Porter averaged 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in a reserve role on a loaded Denver roster.
The departure of forward Jerami Grant this offseason will be key in unlocking Porter. Grant logged 1,892 minutes for Denver, with 62% of those minutes being played at PF. His departure opens up more time for MPJ, who played most of his minutes (87%) at power forward last season.
Porter scored 946.8 fantasy points last year, compared to Grant's 1,431.6 (which ranked fourth on the team). However, MPJ outscored Grant 405.4 to 359.1 in Denver's 19 postseason games, which foreshadows the young forward's potential in a larger role without Grant in front of him on the depth chart.
Porter's numbers are set to skyrocket with Denver looking to feature him more and see if he truly is the team's third star. MPJ isn't a clear top-10 forward fantasy option yet, but he is a smart mid-draft selection with high upside.
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