This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.
Opening Night is less than a week away, so it's time to move on to the next group of teams and answer One Big Question for each team in the Northwest Division.
Clearly this is Nikola Jokic's team. He's the consensus number one pick. But what about their up-and-coming forward?
Is Michael Porter a legitimate second round pick?
This is not a far-fetched question. In fact, RotoWire has Porter projected as the 24th overall player for 8-category leagues. Jamal Murray is out until early March, and one has to figure his return will be gradual. Porter should easily be Denver's number two scoring option and average roughly 22 points per game. With the added pressure, will Porter be able to maintain his better-than-50-percent shooting stroke, as he did the past two seasons? I think he can. Porter shot a sparkling 54.2% last season, even though he attempted 6.3 threes per game. And while his overall defense is weak, he still snagged 1.7 steals-and-blocks per game last year.
Porter is only 23 years old. There is room for improvement. Aaron Gordon frees up Porter to guard the opposition's lesser forward. So Porter can focus on the other end of the floor. Plus, Jokic's passing always helps Porter get some easy buckets. If everything breaks right, Porter could absolutely return second-round value – especially if he can cross the 25-points-per-game plateau.
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