Nuggets take Michael Porter Jr. with 14th pick

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With the Cavs picking at No. 8 in the National Basketball Association draft Thursday, we wrap up our numbers-based look at their potential targets with one of the draft's most gifted and most intriguing players, forward Michael Porter Jr. This time last year, Porter was one of the top prospects in the nation, and many expected he could have been the No. 1 overall pick this year. Porter Jr. will be able to fill the void at the three spot and blend in extremely well with the young core the Denver Nuggets possess.

The Action Network's Matt Moore says that he "would not expect Michael Porter Jr.to play this season", based on "what [he's] heard and how much Nuggets President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly stressed patience". Denver also acquired the draft rights to forward Jarred Vanderbilt at 41st overall from Orlando in exchange for the 43rd pick and a future second round pick and also selected center Thomas Welsh with the 58th pick. But he suffered a back injury just as his freshman season at Missouri was getting underway, which required surgery.

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