The Denver Nuggets are now up 2-0 on the Minnesota Timberwolves, and they might be feeling quite well about themselves ahead of their trip to the Twin Cities.
Jamal Murray led the way with a 40-point performance on Wednesday night, while Nikola Jokic did his usual thing with 27 points, nine boards, and nine assists.
However, according to Denver Broncos star Russell Wilson, Michael Porter Jr. should get more praise as the difference-maker for Mike Malone’s squad.
MPJ is a difference maker!
#27 & #15 unstoppable! @Nuggets 🏀
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 20, 2023
Jokic and Murray get most of the credit, and rightfully so, but there’s no doubt that Porter is a special kind of offensive talent.
He was once touted as the best prospect in his class before concerns about his health and history of injuries made him slip to the Nuggets’ lap.
He’s scored 18 and 16 in the first two games of the series, all while shooting quite efficiently from the floor, so Wilson might have a valid point right there.
MPJ is the kind of guy who can get hot in the blink of an eye, and his size and length make him a nightmare in switches for rival defenders.
He can score from all three levels, and even drew comparisons to Kevin Durant when he was in college.
He draws plenty of defensive attention in the backcourt as a solid three-point shooter, and you can’t double him because that means leaving Jokic, Murray, or even Aaron Gordon open.
So, yeah, MPJ’s numbers might not be the most impressive for the Nuggets, but he is, indeed, a difference-maker just by being out there on the floor.NEXT: Fans React To What Demarcus Cousins Said About Nikola Jokic