The NBA announced the participants for the Rising Stars game on Friday and somehow, someway, Michael Porter Jr. was not included. Here are the rosters for the game, which features a ton of talent, but still could have used some more. HINT, HINT: MPJ.
Luka Doncic, Zion Williamson and Trae Young headline NBA Rising Stars Game at All-Star Weekend in Chicago. Rosters here: pic.twitter.com/9kUBC3lFqG— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 31, 2020
In 38 games this season, Porter is averaging 7.8 points in 14 minutes per game. Porter is currently in the mist of a breakout month averaging 12.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in January to go along with a scorching 48.9 three-point percentage.
Not only is Porter putting up very solid numbers, but he has played a major role in the Nuggets success. Even as injuries continues to stack up, the Nuggets are still second in the Western Conference, which Porter has played a huge part in.
Every player is certainly deserving that made the game, but it is still inconceivable that Porter was not one of the players voted to the U.S. roster. There still might be a glimmer of hope for Porter as Trae Young is also slated to start the All-Star game. If Young gives up his spot in the Rising Stars game, it could free up a spot for his friend, MPJ.
This would have marked the first time a Nuggets player has participated in the game since 2017 when Jamal Murray took home the games MVP award. Murray dropped 36 points on 13-of-19 shooting from the field and drained nine three-pointers.
Porter could certainly do something similar, if given the opportunity that is.