It all ended before it ever started.
Michael Porter Jr., the basketball savant who’d come to lift Missouri from its misery, is now sidelined for three to four months — mostly likely the entire season — due to a back injury that will require surgery, per the school’s stunning announcement on Tuesday, the same day the program flew to Orlando, Florida, for Thanksgiving weekend’s Advocare Invitational tournament.
Well, the Missouri basketball landscape and especially the 2018 NBA Draft landscape has taken a huge left turn. Michael Porter not only suffered a season ending injury, he has a spinal injury. Not ideal for 6’10” NBA prospects – this shakes up the entire draft process.
According to NBADraft.net – the player expected to wear the draft cap first would be Michael Porter. Now, the #1 pick is wide open for the most part. Arizona big man DeAndre Ayton could be number one, or Duke star Marvin Bagley could be the top selection. Slovenian superstar Luka Doncic has picked up the attention of many NBA scouts and has risen on draft boards fast.
The last three seasons, Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons, and Karl Anthony Towns were the sure fire #1 picks in the draft. It’s still early in college basketball, but this draft could be wide open for the #1 pick. Depending on who gets the pick and which of the top 4 players separates themselves.