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With scouts gaining confidence in Young’s success carrying over, the next question—from an evaluation and projection standpoint—is deciding out how he stacks up with everyone else. Though scouts still sound reluctant to move him atop their boards—firmly ahead of surefire top picks such as Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, Slovenia’s Luka Doncic, Duke’s Marvin Bagley III and Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr.—it seems like Trae Young is knocking on the door. “To me, he’s a top-10 pick, and I think when you get to the No. 7-10 range, he’s one of the only guys who has star potential,” a third scouted added.
Adam Zagoria: I’m told by a source close to the situation that reports that Michael Porter Jr. could return in 4 weeks for Mizzou are inaccurate. No timetable on a return, but he is going through the rehab process. pic.twitter.com/R8vh43hZWr
I asked a dozen personnel people how concerned they were with Porter, Jr.’s surgery and if it will impact where he’s picked. The responses were mixed. “If it’s a standard microdiscectomy, it shouldn’t be much of an issue (lots of those procedures on NBA players),” one general manager said Sunday via text. “If it’s more than that, the result could be of greater impact. If he can do a few draft workouts, he should be just fine. It may play out like the (Joel) Embiid draft where Joel was affected by a couple picks (because of the foot), but not much beyond that.”
But another executive had a different view. “No doubt it hurts him,” the exec said. “Obviously the medical evaluation will be more important and often times as we know, the agents with players at this level withhold information from most of the teams so it will be an interesting decision as to how they handle. Backs are like knees and serious foot/ankle injuries. Tough ones.”
Gary Washburn: Kyrie Irving offers his take on the Michael Porter situation and some advice: “It’s tough for any young kid to go through that, especially if they haven’t been through any real injury in his life…. I’m pretty sure NBA scouts have enough on him–or have seen enough of him–to know whether he’s gonna be in the top 3 or 2 [of the draft]…. He’s a 3/4-man who’s able to handle, crazy athletic and can shoot from the outside. He’s a talent.”