Michael Porter Jr. has the potential to become an NBA superstar in the future. The Denver Nuggets’ rookie forward showed the willingness to work for this goal, as he returned on the court to play basketball, just two weeks after the end of the season for his team.
As result, he apparently visited his former coach at the University of Missouri and asked him to work with the rest of the team.
On Wednesday, Tigers head coach Cuonzo Martin spoke with reporters following the first practice of the season and talked very highly of Porter.
(Via USA Today Sports):
“He came in last Thursday or Friday, worked out with Jontay. He’s like, ‘Coach, are the guys working out?’ He wanted to play some 5-on-5. I’m like, ‘Man, you just left the bubble!’ That’s what’s in him; he just loves to play basketball.
It’s a shame for Mizzou fans that didn’t get a chance to see the way he scores the ball at a high level. Think about it, that man is scoring at the NBA level at a high clip.”
Porter Jr. certainly scored at a high level for the Denver Nuggets during the postseason, averaging 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds in 19 games while he shot 38.2% from 3-point range.
He demonstrated his pure shot-making ability and showed a glimpse of his potential future with the current, also extremely talented teammates, Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic.