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Michael Porter Jr. Is Free Falling In The NBA Draft

Michael Porter Jr. wearing his Missouri uniform.

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 16: Michael Porter Jr. #13 of the Missouri Tigers looks on against the Florida State Seminoles during the game in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 16, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Heading into his freshman year at Missouri, Michael Porter Jr. was arguably regarded as the top overall prospect in the country. But through 13 picks in this year's NBA Draft, Porter has yet to be taken. Why?

It's a bit unclear, but it could have to do with his health. Porter, due to a back injury, played in only three games for Missouri in his only season in college basketball. So there isn't much tape on him at the collegiate level.

Then, last week, Porter cut some of his workouts short because of hip spasms. In short, he's been a bit injury prone over the past year.

Porter was rumored to be an option for the Knicks at No. 9, but they instead opted to go with former Kentucky star Kevin Knox. Knicks fans in the building were actually chanting for Porter - but it didn't happen.

Porter will be taken in the first round - it's only a matter of time. But he certainly has fallen a lot further than analysts thought he would.

Porter, at 6-foot-11, has a ton of upside. But he'll need to stay healthy to realize that potential, obviously.

Update: Porter was just taken No. 14 overall by the Denver Nuggets.

He's finally off the board.