Michael Porter Jr. Goals for 2022-23: Stay hot
If there’s anything the Denver Nuggets can count on from Michael Porter Jr.’s game, it’s his sweet, sweet shooting stroke. One could even argue that the 6’10” forward’s jump shot is as easy on the eyes as that of the future Hall of Fame guard closing out on him in the above photo.
It’s really not an exaggeration either. Anyone who’s seen the kid play knows he can shoot the lights out of the gym. He shot an eye-popping 51/42/83 shooting line mostly coming off the bench in his first NBA campaign after missing his rookie year following back surgery. That was just the start.
The next year, he started 64 of 71 games and put up an absurd 54/45/79 shooting line that would have even the Splash Brothers blushing. When it comes to shooting the ball from downtown, there aren’t many that can match MPJ’s skill and efficiency. And the best part is, he knows it too:
"“[Shooting] 50 [percent from] three to me is not an unrealistic number. I’m not saying it’s easy to do, but, I mean, I miss a lot of shots still that I think I should make and I’m at 50 percent. “So going forward I think that’s not unrealistic. I think in high school I shot like 75 percent from three… If you’re a 40 percent shooter you’re a really good shooter, but making one out of every two shots doesn’t seem that crazy to me.”"
Since he started playing in the NBA in 2019, only three other players have been more efficient when it comes to shooting from long distance, with MPJ putting up a .425 mark in that time. He’s got the talent and the confidence to do what he’s been doing this season, all the 24-year-old hooper needs to do is keep on chugging.