There was a lot of Michael Porter Jr. hype coming out of Denver before the season. On a team banking largely on continuity, he was going to be the difference, the high-ceiling rookie who sat out last season but could play a growing role for the Nuggets this season.
It hasn’t worked out that way, Porter has played a limited role and had little impact on the Nuggets. However, on Sunday night, with Paul Millsap and Gary Harris out injured, Porter Jr. got the start.
He responded with 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and he played a career-high 26 minutes against Sacramento.
MPJ has a new career-high with 19 points!
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) December 30, 2019
Porter Jr. got most of his buckets in the paint.
But this is a strong outing and a good start.