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Denver Nuggets Provide Injury Update On Michael Porter Jr.

A view of the NBA Playoffs logo on the Denver Nuggets court.

DENVER, CO - APRIL 23: The court is ready for action as the Golden State Warriors prepare to face the Denver Nuggets during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 23, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Michael Porter Jr. fell in the NBA Draft this year, nearly dropping out of the lottery. The Denver Nuggets stopped his slide when they selected him 14th overall.

The major reason Porter Jr. slipped that far was his injury history. He missed most of his only collegiate season with back and hip troubles, and his back continues to be a problem.

The Nuggets announced today that Porter Jr. underwent back surgery at The Carrell Clinic in Dallas, Tex. The procedure was on his lumbar spine.

There is no timetable for his return.

Around the draft, there were whispers that Porter Jr. could miss his entire first season in the NBA. There's been no indication the Nuggets are planning for that to happen, but this isn't great for him.

If healthy, Porter Jr. is one of the most talented incoming rookies in the league. He's big, skilled and can shoot the ball from three-point range.

Those characteristics bode well for a solid career in the modern NBA, but health is always most important.

Porter Jr. has to get well and stay well in order to have an impact.