Basketball star Michael Porter Jr. may have been selected in the lottery of the 2018 NBA draft Thursday night, but the wait for his name to be called seemed like an eternity for basketball fans watching. The former high school star barely played in college this past season after suffering an injury, scaring off at least 13 NBA teams before the Denver Nuggets took him in the final sport of the coveted lottery, which means he’ll earn at least $5 million next season.
By all means, Porter Jr. hit the jackpot of a lifetime, as only a small handful of all basketball players ever manage to play professionally, let alone the most competitive league in the world. Beyond that, the 19-year-old was practically unstoppable in high school and on the all-star circuit before the back injury resulted in back surgery.
But social media often doesn’t deal with reason, and instead on Thursday night focused on how Porter Jr., who was very recently considered a guaranteed top 5 pick, slid down to the 14th position. In fact, the word “focused” may be an understatement, as Porter Jr. promptly became a top trending topic on Twitter.
The ridiculing tweets came in all varieties.
There were arguably some questionable picks before Porter Jr. was finally selected. While the kept a stoic face, Twitter suspected he may have felt a little like this.
But on the inside feeling like this.
Before what Twitter would consider the walk of shame to shake the NBA commissioner’s hand in what has become a ritual for top picks.
Our managing editor even got in on the fun.
All tweets aside, Porter Jr. will now probably be so inspired to prove his doubters wrong that he’ll end up laughing all the way to the bank on his way to Springfield, Massachusetts, home of the basketball hall of fame.