Ranking the Top 10 players in the Nuggets-Timberwolves series

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6) Michael Porter Jr.

Michael Porter Jr. played like an All-Star in the first round, averaging 22.8 points on 55.3% shooting from the floor and 48.8% shooting from three. He is also on pace for career-high playoff averages in steals (1.2) and rebounds (8.4).

MPJ played in 81 games this season and averaged a career-high 31.7 minutes. He had never previously appeared in more than 62 contests over the course of a season.

The 6-foot-10 sharpshooter’s improved durability has allowed him to settle into his role as well as ever. After a consistent campaign as Denver’s No. 3 scoring option, Porter Jr. has seemingly elevated his game in time for another title run.

Despite the recent negative headlines surrounding his brothers, MPJ has blocked out these distractions by turning in his best start to a postseason yet. During his latest interview with the Denver media, he seemed locked in and ready to go.

"I'm sure he'll start off on Jamal, but I feel comfortable with anyone guarding me. The way I play, I don't feel like he'll be able to block my shot or anything … I’ve just got to play aggressive and play confident. Whoever's on me, if I come with the right mentality, I'll be alright."

Michael Porter Jr.

If Porter Jr. continues his red-hot shooting, the Nuggets will be incredibly tough to beat. Denver held a 16-3 record this season when MPJ scored at least 22 points.