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!