NBA scouts try to decipher if Michael Porter Jr.’s return helps or hurts his future

The season didn’t end the way Michael Porter Jr. or the rest of Missouri basketball team wanted it to. The 67-54 loss to Florida State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament was a tough one to swallow. Especially with Porter Jr. still being limited from the hip injury he suffered in the first game of the season.

Now, the 6-10, 215-pound freshman has to deal with questions surrounding his status a potential lottery pick for the upcoming NBA draft.

He’ll certainly be one of the most talented players available, but with limited sample size from his first and only season at Missouri, there is some level of uncertainty there.

Did Porter Jr. returning for those two games — one against the Seminoles and the other against Georgia in the SEC Tournament — help or hurt his stock in the eyes of NBA scouts? The answer is a difficult one, according to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports.

Here are the results from the eight NBA scouts and executives polled by Yahoo Sports.

  • Three said it wouldn’t hurt his stock
  • Three said it will have a negative effect on his stock
  • Two said it will actually help his stock

It’s hard to say how the different teams will view Porter Jr.’s return, but his health has to be taken into consideration. If you watched any of those games, it was clear that he had not been given enough time to get back into game shape — which would obviously affect his ability to be a consistent impact player on the court.

Sure, there were struggles with his jump shot. He also didn’t display the aggressiveness — or explosiveness — that had scouts drooling over his NBA potential. With that said, he did show flashes of the elite talent that made him the No. 2 high school player according to 247Sports.

The limited sample size could end up hurting his draft stock to some degree. But the fact that he came back without being 100 percent shouldn’t be viewed as a negative. It should only speak to his willingness to help his team in any way that he can.

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