Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Michael Porter Jr. goals for 2022-23: Stay positive
When a guy comes out as highly touted as Michael Porter Jr. did when the Nuggets drafted him 14th in 2018 you expect a bit of a diva attitude. At times, people have seen a bit of that, but in the entirety of his Nuggets career, MPJ has mostly been as quiet as a mouse off the court while giving away little if nothing regarding his emotions on the court.
In this day and age in the NBA, the 3-point shot has more importance than ever, but that has not changed its volatility at all. As many in NBA circles say, if you live by the 3-point shot, you die by the 3-point shot. It’s one of those things that can simply vanish and reappear without any reason other than volume or time.
As someone who relies on his 3-point shot (and a darn good one at that, as the Mizzou product is shooting 49 percent from deep this season), MPJ is definitely vulnerable to the volatility of the trey.
Even the greatest shooter of all time experiences downtimes with a shot as fickle as the triple. Steph Curry had an eight-game span last season where he shot just a hair under 30 percent from deep. If it can happen to him, it can happen to anyone.
The message to MPJ here is: stay calm, and keep shooting that thang. The only thing that can make a cold streak last longer than it should is a lack of confidence. If you keep shooting it with confidence, it will start to drop again even after the ugliest of downturns. MPJ is no Curry, but he’s got a ton of talent, and should always maintain the positive attitude he’s always shown despite the turbulence he and his basketball career have been through since he left his hometown as a high school senior.