Realistic expectations for Michael Porter Jr.: Slow-playing the return
Since Jamal Murray is also returning to the court on opening night (fingers crossed), the Denver Nuggets should have enough offensive firepower to be a top seed in the Western Conference. Throw the plug-and-play offensive engine that is Nikola Jokic and things should be fine in the regular season.
Because of this, the Nuggets can afford to slowly ease their stars into health. The training staff will likely be resting both of the stars throughout the season for injury management and they will get the opportunity to round into form by the playoffs.
This is the most likely outcome for Michael Porter Jr. as he wouldn’t have played an NBA game in a long time, it’s unfair to expect him to step right into prime form.
For a similar trajectory, look at how careful the Golden State Warriors were about Klay Thompson’s return. When he did make his debut against the Cleveland Cavaliers, he wasn’t allowed to play back-to-backs for months. It hurt his overall efficiency but he was ready to go in the Finals with no issues.