With the 22nd overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls have chosen sophomore big man Bobby Portis. Portis is one of the most interesting frontcourt prospects in this draft with his combination of size and perimeter ability, and this pick could mean a trade comes in the Bulls’ crowded frontcourt.
At 6-11 with a 7-2 wingspan, Portis measures out very well for either frontcourt position, but I project him as a power forward at the next level. Portis isn’t extremely athletic, but has the quickness to step out on the perimeter and defend while lacking the strength to bang inside.
What makes Portis intriguing is his ability to stretch the floor. Portis made 14-of-30 (46.7 percent) attempts from three last season, and shot 36.7 percent on two-point jump shots. If he can continue developing his shot from the perimeter, it only increases his ability to thrive off the pick-and-roll at the next level.
Portis plays extremely hard at all times, something that NBA teams value in their frontcourt. He improved considerably in his only two seasons at Arkansas, and he’ll contribute off the bench immediately with the hope of being a starter if he continues improving down the line.
NBA comparison: Joe Smith
2014-15 stats: 17.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.4 bpg, 1.1 rpg (53.6 FG%, 46.7 3P%, 73.7 FT%)