2015 NBA Draft Recap

2015 NBA Draft Recap

Are you kidding me?! The Bulls got a Top 10 talent at pick 22. I did not do a write-up on Bobby Portis because I thought the latest he would last was at pick 16. While the Bulls needed some a backup point guard, some wing depth, and some athleticism, the Bulls got the steal of the draft in my opinion outside of Justise Winslow going to the Heat obviously.

When I saw the Knicks drafted my boy Jerian Grant, I was sad. I figured, man the Knicks got the player I wanted to hopefully slide. I figured the Raptors, who are in need of front-court help, would surely draft Portis, and Delon Wright would go to the Mavericks. Well, as it turned out, Wright went to the Raptors. I figured the Mavs would draft Portis and we would pick probably Tyus Jones (which, truth be told, will be a very solid player and I like what the Timberwolves are doing). Then we went with the BPA in Portis and this has been the most excited I have been about a draft pick since Derrick Rose.

Portis is a very good pick. At 6'11, near-250 lbs., while somewhat of a power forward, has the build to play today's game as a small ball center. Portis has a great mid-range jumper, decent lateral quickness to switch on screens defensively, hustles at all times, has a good feel for the game, and is a fine passer. While not a true low-post scorer yet, he is tough, and he has the body to set hard picks (a need of ours). He does have some moves down there, though, with some fade-away jumpers from either side.

The weaknesses of Portis are really not big-time weaknesses, just average. Portis is an average shot-blocker as he is not a great leaper. Defensively, while he hustles, he is just slightly above average rebounding. While offensively, he is talented, outside of his mid-range jumper and above average passing, he is just average in many other aspects of the game.

With Portis, you have a skilled big man that plays hard. He should learn a lot from our front-court players; especially if Pau stays here this year. Portis seems like a good character kid that will blend in well offensively with Coach Hoiberg's offense while being an above average defender.

The Bulls have some nice young talent assuming Jimmy Butler wants to be here, Nikola Mirotic, and now Bobby Portis. You have some possible young talent to be developed in Snell and McDermott. Rose, if he can stay healthy, also provides youth, but I doubt that happens.

Not only does the pick provide great youth at the front-court position, but allows versatility to let Niko play the power forward position. Hopefully we trade one of Taj or Noah for some young back-court help. Great pick that plays hard, adds toughness, and is skilled. I don't know if I can compare him to anybody right now but maybe Rasheed Wallace without the blocking ability and not quite as good in the post.

Thanks again for letting me do draft coverage. Excellent pick!

Kevin States


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  • Kevin, thanks for all your hard work. Glad you're excited about the outcome, yours is an expert opinion as far as I'm concerned!

  • In reply to Roman F:

    Thanks man!

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    Seems like by drafting Bobby Portis, management has all but formerly given Taj or Noah their walking papers.
    Reminds me of Noah Vonleh. Would rather seen them draft 3 pt specialist RJ Hunter, but the Bulls have too much invested in Dougie Mac, and didn't want to pick another player who would threaten to outplay Doug.
    Portis could turn out to be a good low post player, but how's he going to find time on the court with so many vets and runner up ROY playing the same position as him?

  • In reply to Michael Cunningham:

    "Management has all but [formally] given Taj or Noah their walking papers."

    But that is a good thing, right? A rookie for $1.5 million per or Taj for $8 million per or Noah for over $10 million per, both of whom are hurt a lot!

    So, trade Taj or Noah for the SF wing. Or for the SG, moving Butler back to SF.

  • In reply to Michael Cunningham:

    Why is it only ok to "draft and stash" Euros? There doesn't have to be a rush to "give Taj or Noah their walking papers". Yes if a solid trade opportunity emerges, drafting Portis puts them in a better position to take advantage. But guys taken at 22 don't usually become starters on good teams from day 1. Let him develop in practice and give him minutes when someone gets hurt or just needs a day off. And Noah and Taj's trade value is low right now and can only go up - if only as expiring contracts in a worst case scenario.

  • In reply to Michael Cunningham:

    Plans?? Did the Bulls paln on a lottery talent falling to them? Don't read to much into it. You draft for the future. The frontcourt old.

  • In reply to Michael Cunningham:

    I hope the Bulls trade Taj or Noah. Either way I think Portis can be a contributor if one is gone!

  • A team should almost always take the BPA, for a couple reasons. First, if you view yourself to be a championship contender, which the Bulls clearly do, and you think that your title hopes depend on getting a guy at pick 22 who will play a meaningful role (i.e. you draft for need rather than BPA), well you are not really a championship contender, are you? Second, if you don't take the BPA you are leaving him for your competitor to grab. In this case, it would be literally true, as well as figuratively, since the Cavs were drafting only a couple spots behind the Bulls.

    It looks like a very good long term pick for the Bulls.

  • In reply to bjb57:

    Agree completely! And not only that, but you draft for the future of your club. You draft for a future asset. Trades (especially if you draft well) and free agency are always there for immediate needs. Development also a huge part of that philosophy

  • It would seem this means Taj is out of the plans. Who they trade him for, I don't know. But I think it could work without moving anyone, at least this year. If Noah only plays as Gasol's backup at center and doesn't play anymore pf, then that leaves 3 players to split time at the 4. It could work just like last year with portis starting out getting a handful of minutes at the 4 or 5. If he proves himself, then maybe they make a trade. Plus, when was the last time Gibson, Noah, or Gasol didn't miss a bunch of games? There will be playing time. The one who should be worried is Bairstow. Now he'll never get to play!

  • In reply to PaBullfan:

    Bairstow should be happy to travel with the team. He is only on the team because he is paid about the lowest salary in the league and it allows Bulls to spend elsewhere.

  • In reply to Granby:

    To me Bairstow has the best job in the NBA. Good enough to be in the league and make money, but not God enough to play and accumulate so many injuries haha


    Yes, I just went all caps spaz poster mode. Why? Well. because I can at times be a spaz.(Ha,Ha, why is no one laughing).

    Bobby Portis is a baller with a capital "B." This dude is the shit. Think Kevin Garnett demeanor minus the asshole as in he plays with a chip on his shoulder but without the punk ass rap and cheap shot instigating. Others are likening him to Sheed(Rasheed Wallace).

    OK, while Bobby Portis is not Garnett nor Sheed Wallace in offensive totality, what he is is an offensively smooth, versatile scorer with a well rounded game on both ends of the court. A 19 year old gettin' it done in a scrappy major conference that is the SEC with: 18.6 ppg and 9.3 big boy rebounds to go along with 2 blocks per game. This despite only turning 20 in February. Portis has the goods with 6'10 plus height and a extendomatic 7'1 wingspan. Great hands too as far as I'm concerned and BIG(not Leonard or Okafor Close Encounters of the Third Kind big, but big nonetheless)

    As a prolific scorer early on I began watching Portis and the Razorbacks almost from the get go. I would not be dissapointed as he and Michael Qualls took it to the competition early and often. The funny thing is, for a team with a scrappy, in your face defense like Arkansas, it was Bobby Portis who was the clear leader in my view with palpable respect from his scrum mates. This dude is a man and a competitor that scolws not for show or some phony gangster facade, but becasue he is just a nasty ass competitor who was left shuttling from home to hom as a child without a father. He had to be the man of the house at a young age, and he was the man of this already masculine, tough clawing Hogs ball club.

    I could go on about his smooth though unconventional shot(reminds a little of Robert Parish), quick first step, and very good range along with crafty drop steps, turn arounds in the lane that our money, and occasional hooks that usually reach their mark. I mean the guy shot .576 on over 12 shot attempts per game in the conference. Crazy.

    Look, I am biased as I just personally like the scrappy, offensively gifted guy Portis is, but let me just say this. DraftExpress to me is a tough gauntlet of NBA critique, but their closing line says it all about Bobby Portis. "A high impact role player." At pick No. 22 to get a contender worthy impact rotation big which is what I believe Bobby Portis is/will be, that is saying something. Gar/Pax... well played sirs!!!

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    In reply to RoadWarrior:

    I've just became a B. Portis fan right after reading your comment. I didn't have the same excitement about him before, because he doesn't appear to do anything really well, but he's productive stat wise. He has great size, so he could be really effective playing center or the PF pos.
    Since I haven't seen him enough, I'm going to keep it positive and hope he has what it takes to make an impact for the Bulls. I just keep thinking there was a reason why all of the teams Portis did work out for passed on him, while the Bulls did no scouting on this guy and went by what they saw him listed as on Draft.Net mock draft list. It's like they crammed for the final exam by using Cliff Notes instead of studying the facts.
    He does have good size, weight, and a strong core to bang in the low post. His attitude, and determination will make or break him and fortunately he'll be around some really good teammates who will encourage Portis to be his best.

  • In reply to Michael Cunningham:

    very well said!

  • In reply to RoadWarrior:

    Always appreciate all your feedback. You provide great analysis. You go for more high end raw players than I do, but we share many similar opinions.

  • Side note: I already said thank you enough times as to be to the point perhaps of nauseating, but you are greatly appreciated in your draft analysis efforts Kevin. Hope you can make it back next year. What a haul in Bobby Portis.. shit.

  • The FO was fortunate that Portis fell, but they had the smarts to grab him when he did. High potential/low risk pick, just the kind that brings titles - providing a GM makes enough of them!

    The FO should be able to get the backup PG from FA, like they have many times before.

    However, Bulls still need the solid SF scorer/defender. Or, if they can land a SG, then Butler could move back to SF. Thus, they need to engineer a trade - with Hoiberg's input, naturally. What could they get for Noah or Taj plus the Kings' pick? There are many intriguing scenarios, mostly unrealistic of course.

  • While I am no fan of GarPax the selection of Bobby Portis was a no brainer. I will never argue with taking the best player available, which he was by far. Also with Jerian Grant, Delon Wright and even Rashad Vaughn off the board this was an easy decision. Hopefully they can trade they oft-injured Taj or Noah for an outside shooting wing to play in Hoiberg's offense.

    And I am still waiting for that team to scoop up hot coaching prospect Thibs....

  • In reply to Vic Nardozza:

    Correct, this pick was a no-brainer. NBA writer Joel Brigham called it a value pick, not a need. Blue-collar Chicago is going to love this guy!

    Now, trade a big for a wing.

  • I have seen two trades that would work number wise. Gibson to Orlando for Fournier & Harkless, or Gibson to Boston for Fournier Avery Bradley.
    The Orlando trade doesn't really fill the need of a pg as Fournier is a sg. I like the Boston trade, but it seems like Bradley is one of their favorites. Boston could be looking for a pf if they come up short on Love. Maybe they give up Rozier and some picks?
    I still wonder if the Bulls wait till the trade deadline to move somone.

  • In reply to PaBullfan:

    The Bulls are going to need someone to back up Rose and I hope it's not one of the parade of mighty mites. Still hoping against hope that Captain Klank retires instead of exercising his player option.

  • In reply to Vic Nardozza:

    We can only hope!

  • In reply to PaBullfan:

    Would love the Orlando trade...

  • In reply to PaBullfan:

    While I doubt that the Bulls can move Gibson right now, and would be selling low...

    What about Gibson for Isaiah Thomas, they make around the same money. I think that Boston kind of likes him as their instant offense guy of the bench, I believe he led the league in 4rth quarter scoring after they picked him up from the Suns. They now seem to have an overabundance of small pg/guards, with the addition of Rozier to Bradley and Smart. They likely do not have much interest in Taj even without the injury as they already have Olynyk, Sullinger and Bass who is a free agent.

    Or to Orlando in a sign and trade for Tobias Harris, who is also a free agent, and would fill a huge need as a starting SF who can score.

  • I remember watching my Kentucky Wildcats play Arkansas this year and thinking, wow, this guy Portis is going to be awesome! Who would have guessed that he ended up with the Bulls?!

    I think he will be solid and allow for a Gibson or Noah trade - or both, eventually. (I love Gibson and his contract is decent, but Noah on the downside and the last year of his deal is brutal.) The problem is both Gibson and Noah are banged up... GarPax does not trade much, but hopefully they would pull the trigger if they could. Maybe at the trade deadline? Portis is more of a luxury in his first year, anyway.

  • In reply to Granby:

    I also am not a fan of Portis' 31 inch vertical. Hell, even my vertical was 35... Hopefully, he can improve it slightly through training, but probably not much.

  • In reply to Granby:

    he's 6'11. I don't think he needs to jump to even touch the rim. who cares what his vertical is...

  • In reply to Granby:

    His vertical is one weakness, but he is still very fast with elite iq, skills, and build.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    that seems to be his biggest weakness, lack of elite athleticism. There could be some question how that translates to the NBA. He made up for it in college with size and effort. Can he do the same in the NBA playing against bigger and more athletic guys night in and night out. From the video that I saw of him, he looks athletic enough, but might have some trouble finishing around the rim in traffic.

  • In reply to Granby:

    Portis took it to cauley stein and Anthony towns btw..

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    trying to think of comps to past NBA players.

    What about Dale Davis, or Antonio McDyes, or maybe Buck Williams?

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    Wow, Kevin! Do you have more info on that?

  • Also, I believe the Bulls got a great u drafted player in ray rice. I think he can play at the next level... Hope they sign him past summer league

  • I may be in the minority, but I think Moore has a chance to fill the backup point guard spot. He doesn't have the athleticism of Rose, obviously, but he did well in very limited to non-existent minutes. Came up big in some big moments, so I believe he prepares well.

  • In reply to Hoop Dreamz:

    Good point. They should play him enough to see what they have there before a trade for a PG. But if they are going to sign a FA PG, they will likely want to do so sooner than later. They certainly will have chips for a trade later, and the league has lots of PGs.

  • In reply to rustyw:

    If we are going to take a leap and give big minutes to Snell and McD, imagine the bigger leap to trade Taj or Noah. Fine, but only if it nets us a good PG!

  • I actually agree with rustyw more in that if we give Moore more of a run at the back-up point guard position, then any attempts to trade Taj/Noah and free up more time for Mirotic and Portis should focus on an athletic wing defender. That athletic wing defender can help Butler not have to guard the Lebrons of the world the whole game. I hope the Mayor does not look at burning out Butler's efficiency and effectiveness as Thibs did.

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