A valuable lesson in life is that you should always take risks. Staying stagnant and going the safe route will get success but taking risks can get you something better. This rule goes for everything in life, and the Atlanta Hawks should use this in the upcoming draft. There are some players that the Hawks can take in this draft that could be safe drafting and might not produce at a very high level. There are also some players that could be a risk to take due to multiple things. One of those players is Michael Porter Jr.
The risk with Porter is of course his durability. In his first college game, he suffered a back injury that was supposed to end his season. He did indeed come back at the end, but he didn’t play that well. Back injuries are serious and could ruin a player’s career. To add on, Porter has canceled workouts due to other injuries. He claimed to have hip spasms before the workout day, but the doctors were able to clear him. There are numerous players that had injuries and weren’t the same after. A popular name is Greg Oden, who was the No. 1 pick in 2007 but suffered a knee injury that changed his entire career. With the No. 3, choosing a player with an injury history is a risk.
Before the injury, Porter was considered the best player in the draft. He was a lock to be a top-3 pick, and many were already thinking about the impact he would have on an NBA team. When you have pro comparisons to Kevin Durant and Paul George, you deserve to be a top pick. When healthy, Porter might be the best offensive player in the draft. He can get his shot whenever he wants and is very explosive. If the Hawks want a player with a high offensive ceiling, Porter is the pick for them. Pairing him with Taurean Prince and John Collins could be a dangerous trio in the future.