An underwhelming start to the 2021-22 NBA season has led to the Denver Nuggets going 9-8 through their first 17 games. Unfortunately, the latest news surrounding one of their top players could make the campaign that much worse.
Porter, who has been sidelined since Nov. 6, may need to undergo surgery to repair nerve damage in his back, according to the Denver Post's Mike Singer. If that's the case, there's a possibility that Porter's season would be over.
Michael Porter Injury Update
If Porter does undergo back surgery, it'll be the third in his basketball career. The first happened during the 2017-18 NCAA college basketball season, while the second caused him to miss his NBA rookie year in 2018-19.
After averaging a career-high 19.0 points per game last season, Porter has struggled throughout the 2021-22 campaign. He averaged just 9.9 points through nine games on abysmal .359/.208/.556 splits. Unsurprisingly, his back issue likely played a role in that regression.
With him being just 23 years old, the hope is that Porter can put his back injury behind him and come back stronger next season. At the same time, it's understandable if the Nuggets are concerned about his future considering three back surgeries at any age is a lot for one person, let alone for someone who hasn't turned 25 yet.
While Denver won their first four games without Porter, they've also lost their last four in a row. With him and Jamal Murray being sidelined for the foreseeable future, it's going to be a tough season for the organization.
The Nuggets currently have +2100 odds (10th) to win the NBA Championship this season, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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