In the 2015 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls selected Bobby Portis with the 22nd overall pick. Portis has had a distinguished high school and college career. As a high school player, he earned the McDonald’s and Parade All-American status. He was also named Mr. Basketball of Arkansas in 2013. After his high school career, he attended Arkansas University.
As a freshman at Arkansas, Portis averaged 12.3 points per game, 6.8 rebounds per game, and 1.6 blocks per game. Consequently, he was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team and second-team All-SEC. In his second and final season at Arizona, he averaged 17.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game and was a finalist for the John Wooden Award. He also won the SEC Player of the Year award.
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The Chicago Bulls drafted Portis for his size, 6-11 and . He provides them with much needed length and scoring at the power forward position. He has excellent post up moves and can provide them with a solid inside scorer who can complement Joakim Noah on the inside. He also plays excellent defense and will fit in with their current team philosophy. However, he does have some weakness in his game that he will need to work on if he expects to become a major contributor in the NBA. He lacks a consistent outside shot and has a tendency to make risky passes that result in turnovers. Developing his outside shot will be critical to his ability to be an impact player in the league.
What should fans expect from Portis? He has drawn comparisons to a young Blake Griffin. However, he has more post-up moves than Griffin did when he first came into the league. His athleticism and tenacious defense will enable him to fit right in on Chicago’s team. After an excellent summer league debut, it is reasonable to expect that he will average 12 to 15 points per game. Expect him to start the season in the Bulls’ starting lineup and become one of their key players.