The 14th overall pick in the 2018 draft, Porter came back from an injury-erased rookie campaign to appear in 55 games (eight starts) for the Nuggets in the pandemic-abbreviated 2019-20 season. He showed plenty of promise in his 16.4 minutes per game, averaging 9.3 points with 4.7 rebounds, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks -- good for per-36 averages of 20.4 points, 10.3 boards, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks. Porter was efficient all over the floor, shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 42.2 percent from three-point range -- leading to 1.1 made threes per game -- and 83.3 percent from the line. Despite minutes being difficult to come by on a strong Denver team, Porter scored in double digits on 22 occasions, including all eight of his starts. Along the way, he posted nine double-doubles. Most of Porter's most productive games came during seeding play during the Orlando bubble, when he received a stretch of full-time run in the starting lineup. On Aug. 3, Porter put up a personal-best 37 points alongside 12 rebounds, a steal and a block against Oklahoma City. Two days later, he dropped 30 points with a career-high 15 rebounds to defeat the Spurs. All told, Porter averaged 22.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.9 blocks in the bubble. He went on to serve as a key scorer during the Nuggets' 19-game postseason run to the Western Conference Finals. In Game 2 of the first round against Utah, Porter drew a start and scored 28 points, hitting six threes to go with six rebounds and a block. He ultimately posted 11.4 points with 6.7 rebounds across 23.7 minutes per game in the playoffs.
June 21, 2018Drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft and signed a rookie deal shortly thereafter