Michael Porter Jr. Cleared to Play, Will Participate in Summer League

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Despite being the 14th overall pick in 2018 NBA Draft, Denver Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. is still to play his first NBA game. Porter had to undergo a back surgery shortly after the draft, which sidelined him for the entire season. It seems, however, that’s all behind him now as he recently told reporters that he was cleared to play basketball again and will participate in this year’s NBA Summer League.

“Yea I can’t wait to get back out there,” – Porter said, according to Nuggets’ official website. “Nothing will compare to being out there for the first time in a real game. This team has a lot of weapons already, but I think I can be a versatile guy that does a lot of different things on the court and be a shot maker.”

Porter also said that he is feeling good now and “ready to play.”

“I feel so good,” – he added. “I’ve worked so hard every day with these guys, and I feel like I’m a better player than I’ve ever been. “I just want to show that I’m back, feeling good, and ready to play.”

Regarded as one of the best young prospects in the nation coming out of high school, Michael Porter Jr. decided to play college basketball at Missouri. He, however, ended up suffering a lower back injury in the season opener and only managed to return towards the end of the season when he played two games.

Despite his obvious talent, most NBA teams had concerns over Porter’s long-term health which caused him to slip in the draft. Nuggets decided to take a gamble on him, however, and drafted him with the 14th overall pick.