ORLANDO — There’s still no timeline for Nuggets rookie first-round pick Michael Porter Jr. to return from his two back surgeries, but his ongoing recovery doesn’t appear to have hampered his 3-point shooting.
Porter Jr. rained 3-pointers on Wednesday morning while working with team staffers following a Nuggets shootaround prior to their victory over Orlando. It’s not uncommon to see Porter Jr. participate in 3-point contests with his teammates after practices when the team is back in Denver.
MPJ raining 3-pointers at this morning’s shootaround. pic.twitter.com/huC0JqUQ4I
— Mike Singer (@msinger) December 5, 2018
The Nuggets have won seven in a row despite a rash of injuries to Gary Harris, Will Barton, Isaiah Thomas, Jarred Vanderbilt and Porter Jr.
Thursday, the Nuggets issued a statement on Barton noting that he “continues to progress through his rehabilitation program following his right hip and core muscle surgery. He will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis going forward.”
Adding Porter Jr. would make the Nuggets, already one of the deepest teams in the NBA, even more dangerous off the bounce and from the perimeter. At the same time, that depth gives them insurance and an added incentive to not rush him back.
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