Welcome to Hot Take Week on Detroit Bad Boys. Longtime readers of Detroit Bad Boys might remember the old slogan on the masthead – “A Detroit Pistons blog with completely fair and unbiased opinions of 29 of the Association’s 30 teams.” We’re going to live that truth with writers delivering blistering truth bombs that may or may not resemble reality all week. There are only two rules:
- No writing about the Detroit Pistons
- No doing any research in support of your argument – it all had to come from the gut.
Michael Porter Jr. is finally back from what seemed like years and years of hype which just kept being destroyed by serious injuries. Now, he’s seemingly healthy enough to battle for minutes on the deep and talented Denver Nuggets in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. He’ll do it, he’ll beat players out and get rotational minutes. He might even sniff the Rookie of the Year award. He may not play enough minutes to get all the media buzz, but under all that, people will know.
He’s too talented. He used to be just about the best player in his class. Or the best. He’s 6-foot-10 or taller and has many of the skills of a two-guard. He can fly. He can shoot. He is so smooth in so many facets. He has the kind talent — and he knows he does — where you know he’s going to improve and polish every little aspect of his game like it’s the last thing he ever does. And he’ll do it. He’ll get it done. He’s been waiting so long to officially arrive. He was supposed to arrive two years ago playing a single season at Missouri — then was injured again last season. Backs and knees are precious things.
Michael Porter Jr. will make you stay up late and watch as many Nuggets games as humanly possible. While Nuggets won’t win the NBA title this season, they’ll be the favorites for years to come as Michael Porter Jr. and the rest of the talented Nuggets emerge as a dynasty.
Michael Porter Jr. will eventually be one of the best basketball players ever.
And we’ll see more than enough evidence of it this season.