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Jontay Porter goes undrafted

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The Missouri Tiger Forward looked like a second round pick, but wasn’t drafted.

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Heading into October, Missouri post Jontay Porter was shaping into a potential lottery pick in the NBA draft. His older brother, Michael Porter Jr., slipped to the very end of the lottery last year thanks to a back injury. The question became which Porter would get drafted higher, as Jontay was going to be a focal point of MU’s offense in his sophomore season.

Then came a torn ACL in a closed scrimmage, followed by a second tear this sprint — a re-injury that made evaluating Jontay’s stock a challenge. By and large, mock drafts pegged him as a reasonable, low-risk buy in the middle of the second round. Unfortunately, those forecasts proved inaccurate.

On Thursday, Jontay tumbled entirely out of the NBA draft. More than likely, his chance will come through inking a deal as an undrafted free agent. While that would grant Porter flexibility to pick his destination, he’ll need a franchise with a top-flight medical staff, patience to wait out his rehab and a proven player-development program to tap into lottery-level talent.

An obvious fit would have been his older brother’s squad: the Denver Nuggets. He’s been around the franchise during his rehab process in Colorado, and they have a fixture at the five with Nikola Jokić — lessening the need for Jontay to speed back into action.

He’s also long been rumored to be a favorite of the San Antonio Spurs. And during the buildup to the draft, the Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, and Sacramento Kings were all linked to Jontay as well.

We’ll keep a close eye and have some analysis wherever he lands.