Change is in the air for the Chicago Bulls franchise, as new head coach Fred Hoiberg will look to find the right pieces to send the team back to championship glory for the first time since 1998. Considering the talent that the Bulls have had in recent years, the squad only making the Conference Finals once since that championship is perhaps the bigger head-scratcher in this equation.
Chicago walked into draft night with the 22nd pick overall, and it walked out with Arkansas forward Bobby Portis. The thing is about Portis is that he is a power forward that just knows how to score. Not only can he deliver a threat with his post game, but he can also shoot the ball well from outside. He’ll likely be expected to do more of the former than the latter with the Bulls, however, he’s a player that can rise to the occasion should he be called to fill several different needs.
When you consider that Portis will be able to play alongside Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah, it’s easy to see why the sky is the limit for the former Razorback star. Portis will be able to deliver an energy that will compliment the already loaded frontcourt very well, and Hoiberg will be able to call on Portis to keep the momentum going should Gasol and Noah be out of action for an extended amount of time.
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The Bulls did not have a second round selection in this year’s draft, so there is obviously nothing to analyze there.
Looking Ahead Into the Bulls’ Future
What could make or break Portis’ ability to succeed in Chicago will be his willingness to put on size and add strength to his frame. This will be easier said than done, but the good news is that his game is already at an elite level and adding that will only help him get even better.
Besides the strength concerns, Portis may have been the absolute best choice that the Bulls could have made. Hoiberg’s offense will likely move at a higher pace than that under previous regimes, so this will certainly benefit a player like Portis that has experience in an uptempo offense.
Chicago’s highly athletic backcourt will also have all the tools needed to allow Portis to succeed on the floor, as Derrick Rose always brings out the best in those around him. That’s yet another benefit to Portis’ landing with the Bulls, so right away he is being given all the resources that he needs to be successful in this system.
The Bulls are a team that desperately wants to get back to the very top of not only the Eastern Conference, but the entire NBA. The roster is loaded, and with a young gun like Portis added to the mix, Hoiberg has one more highly-skilled player at his disposal.
Chicago is ready for a title. The question is, are the Bulls?
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