Michael Porter Jr. is a polarizing prospect and he continues to remain a mystery to the New York Knicks and the rest of the league.
Michael Porter Jr. is regarded as one of the top prospects in the draft—at one point even seen as the possible first overall pick. His stock has fallen some after dealing with a back injury that kept him out for a large majority of his freshman year. But that doesn’t mean the New York Knicks won’t draft him if the right opportunity arises.
Earlier this week, it was reported that teams were calling the Knicks to see if they had any interest in moving up for Porter Jr.
Now there is even more drama swirling around the 19-year-old. According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, Porter Jr. canceled a workout due to hip spasms.
Sources: NBA Draft lottery teams were informed Wednesday that Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr., a projected high-lottery draft pick, canceled second Pro Day workout Friday because of hip spasms and would undergo tests.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 14, 2018
Although this appears to be a setback, Porter Jr.’s stock seems to be rising according to Jonathan Givony of ESPN. One league source told him that there is a feeling of optimism around Porter Jr.’s long-term health. Teams must decide whether or not his talent outweighs his obvious health risks.
Where Porter Jr. gets drafted is still a huge uncertainty. He is being projected anywhere from the second overall pick to the last few picks in the lottery. He has question marks, but his tremendous upside and talent could convince a team to overlook the obvious risks.
If he falls to the ninth pick, the Knicks will have to seriously consider him. He has the potential to become the type of player that can change the course of a franchise. Conversely, he comes with serious health concerns. He may be too risky of a pick for Scott Perry and Steve Mills.