While the Bulls’ immediate needs were not met at last nights draft, the selection of Bobby Portis was a smart one in the long run. The aging big men on the Bulls surely won’t be putting up the same amount of numbers or minutes as time goes on, meaning that mixing in some youth down low is an absolute necessity.
Portis is given a great opportunity in Chicago. He gets to learn from some of the best, and then he gets to take their jobs. While not the strongest forward in the draft, Portis plays with a defensive intensity that perfectly matches the Bulls system. In interview with the team, Portis expressed his true personality and winning intensity: "Once I step on the court I'm mad. I play with a chip on my shoulder, a log on my shoulder, that no other player plays with every possession. Some players play to play; I play to win." This pick was an easy one to make for Chicago.
After a solid freshman year, Portis absolutely exploded in stats. He averaged 17.5 points per game, 8.9 rebounds per game (as well as more than 3 offensive rebounds per game), 1.4 blocks per game, and over 1 steal per game. Portis was also named the SEC player of the year, all this coming in a season with great competition (Kentucky).
Portis was certainly an unprecedented selection for the Bulls, however he’s a winner, and a winner that might give the Bulls what they need to take the next step at winning a championship.