Michael Porter Jr. Undergoes a “Breakthrough” Procedure for Ongoing Back Problems

July 18, 2018 | insideinjuries | No Comments

Michael Porter Jr. was the most controversial pick of the 2018 NBA draft due to his history of back problems. There were already rumors circulating that he wasn’t actually past the back injury that limited him to just playing in the postseason in his only season at Missouri. And now we know that he underwent another procedure last week. This isn’t something that is going to be over with anytime soon.

Porter Jr.’s back problems started last October with a herniated disc. He underwent surgery, a “microdiscectomy of his L3-L4 spinal discs.” Before the injury he was considered a potential number 1 pick but ended up dropping to the Nuggets at 14 due to injury concerns. Some considered him a steal while others believe he will be a bust in the NBA.  It’s too soon do determine where he will fall, but we do know that 2018-19 will likely be another lost season.

The Nuggets haven’t ruled their first round pick out for the upcoming season, but he is a long shot to return to the court within the next year. Undergoing one back surgery is a big deal already, but needing a second procedure is a major red flag. Recovery will be slow and tedious, and one wrong move could put an end to his NBA career. The team believes this procedure is a “breakthrough” as he aims to get over his back problems, but we won’t really know what his basketball future holds for many months.

Our algorithm is showing that he shouldn’t return to contact drills or 5-on-5 work for at least 6 months, and that’s if everything goes exactly as planned and there aren’t any setbacks along the way.  There is currently no timetable for his return, but Inside Injuries will be providing updates on his recovery all along the way.