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Bobby Portis

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Name: Bobby Portis

Summer League Team: Chicago Bulls

Contract: Rookie Contract w/ Team Options in 2017/18 and 2018/19, Qualifying Offer in 2019/20

2016-17 Salary: $1,404,600

Drafted: Round 1, Pick 22 overall in 2015 

Birthdate: February 10, 1995 (21)

Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas

College: Arkansas

Years at College: 2


- Grew up with a single mother and 3 younger brothers in a rough neighborhood

- Under-privileged lifestyle

- Hungry to be able to provide for his family

Agent Name: Aaron Mintz

High School: Hall High School

Twitter: bportistime

Instagram: bportistime

Height: 6'10.5

Weight: 230

Wingspan: 7'2

Standing Reach: 9'0.5

No Step Vert: 25

Max Vert: 31.5

Body Fat %: 8.9

Injury History: 

- March 2016 - Left orbital contusion - left game after 4 minutes, returned following game

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Grew up with a single mom, difficult life - made him want to work hard

- Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders suggests Portis is crazy off the court. Nobody knows what is going on in his mind

- His craziness manifests on the court, which should help him in the long run

- Imagines the other team is after his mom before every game to make himself angry

- Portis says he is in the practice facility at least 5 days a week now working on honing his game and shot selection

- Wants to be great - hungry for his opportunity and needs a bigger role than the Bulls can provide due to their depth at PF

- Understands he needs to wait his turn and stay ready

- Knows he needs to focus on defense moving forward


- Took advantage of opportunities given - Per 48 numbers last year of 19.0 ppg and 14.7 rpg

Position: PF

Greatest Strength: Scoring

Greatest Weakness: Post defense

Athleticism: 8

Aggression: 8

Speed: 6

Strength: 8

Lateral Movement: 7

Basketball IQ: 7

Switchability: 8

3 point shooting: 5

Jumpshot: 7

Post moves: 8

Handle: 6

Passing: 5

Rebounding: 8

Motor: 8

Touch: 7

Hands: 8

On ball defense: 5

Help defense: 6

Steals: 5

Blocks: 6

Pick and Roll: 

- Offensively, he is a great, wide, strong-bodied pick setter

- He can pick and roll, pick and pop, and even extend the pop to the 3 point line (still needs to improve his 3 point shots)

- Defensively, he has good lateral quickness to be able to show and recover or switch onto a guard - he likes the challenge of switching and defending guards

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:


- Portis is an intense competitor with elite scoring and rebounding potential

- He has a good midrange shot and better post up moves and pump fakes - good touch all around

- Portis is hard to guard in both the pick and roll, pick and pop, or isolation

- Portis needs to improve his man post defense and play more sound/under control on both ends of the floor

- The potential is there for him to guard 3-5 and be able to guard 2s on switches as he moves very well for his size

Game Analysis: 

- vs. Boston Celtics

- Guerschon Yabusele

- Jordan Mickey

- Malcolm Miller

- Jaylen Brown

- Did everything you want offensively in a modern NBA PF - scored in the post on isolation with both drives and jumpers, crashed the glass, pick and pop 3 pointer

- Portis has the complete offensive arsenal

- Active defensively, sometimes reached though

- When switched onto guard in pick and roll situation, got low in stance with hands up and forced the pass

- Incredible post moves, counters, and pump fakes, beat both bigs and guards with skill plays and good touch around hoop

- Can pick and pop - hit 1 three - Teams leave him at 3 point line, if he can improve his 3 point shot he will be unstoppable

- Extremely aggressive showing on ball screens and recovering

- Plays with an edge

- Disruptive on the offensive boards due to very long arms

NBA Comparison: Chris Bosh

Team Highness on him: High - Entire Bulls front office agreed he was the right draft selection

Current Ability: 7

Projection as an NBA Player: 7.5 - Good Starter