The Denver Nuggets recently reached a renewal agreement for the maximum salary with the young Michael Porter Jr. The forward will be one of the visible faces of the Colorado franchise along with Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.
His teammate Austin Rivers recognizes that Porter Jr. is one of the main rising stars in the league, and for the next season he predicts a season at the level of an All-Star.
“I think Michael Porter Jr. will be All-Star this next season,” Austin Rivers acknowledged to journalist Harrison Wind. “We are still working a lot defensively with him. And he is working on it. But he’s going to be an All-Star. With 6-10 more years of experience he will be one of the best shooters. It’s hard to see that a guy like him, who we’re going to have in our attack, isn’t going to be an All-Star. It’s too good, man, “he added.
Rivers also wanted to defend his young teammate from some of the criticism he has received for some controversial statements he has had. He must be allowed to be human. Unfortunately, in our sport, sometimes you are not allowed. You make a couple of mistakes and you’re already a bad guy. It is difficult to change in this league. It takes years and years for people to understand and see the type of person you are. It has been quite a process and he is still working on it, ”he explained.
In his second season as a professional Michael Porter Jr. has raised his numbers to 19 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, including a magnificent 44.5% on 3s. The Nuggets have secured his sporting future by offering him a partially guaranteed $ 207 million stunt over the next five years.
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