The emergence of Bobby Portis as a key cog for the Bulls

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Hello Bulls fans,

The 2017-2018 season is starting to wind down and it was a rebuild or evaluate young players on the roster kind of season. The newer players like Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine, and David Nwaba had to get accustomed to being in Fred Hoiberg’s system but also into finding their own way in the NBA. I do think the absence of Nikola Mirotic has helped more than just the rebuild; it also helped a young player emerge as a true contributor.

Bobby Portis was drafted 22nd overall in the 2015 NBA Draft out of the university of Arkansas. In 2015 Portis was selected as the SEC player of the year by the leagues coaches. That’s a very impressive accomplishment because teams like Kentucky had players like Karl Anthony Towns and Devin Booker. He saw minimal time as a rookie but always made the most of his opportunity by being a motor guy. His first night as a rookie seeing extended minutes he had 20 points and 11 rebounds.He’s a power forward but I don’t believe the Bulls envisioned him being a stretch forward draft night. He’s seen time at Center this year and has been quite effective.

Bobby Portis is the anti-Boozer as far as try had goes, meaning he gets after it. Bobby Portis is having a very good season and has emerged, as a piece that can help this roster be very good. It’s evident that he’s been in the gym working on his three point jump shot because he has the confidence to take it without hesitation. I still think he is ascending as a player and hasn’t reached his ceiling yet. I don’t want to make the mistake of saying he will continue until he has a “Jimmy Butler” like emergence, but if you are willing to put in the time in the gym the sky is the limit for you.

I’m not saying that Bobby Portis should start for the Chicago Bulls next season, but he’s definitely worth keeping around. If he can continue to improve his game there’s a good chance he will be an ever more serviceable player for the Bulls.