The Chicago Bulls selected Arkansas forward Bobby Portis with the No. 22 pick in Thursday's NBA draft.
Portis, a 6'11" power forward, declared for the draft following his sophomore season. He was the 2015 SEC Player of the Year and a second-team All-America selection after averaging 17.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.
Strengths: Portis is a relentless rebounder, especially on the offensive glass (4.5 per game). He plays with a motor that doesn’t stop, attacking the boards with a fervor NBA teams will love. The mechanics of his jumper aren’t great, but they get the job done, even out to the three-point line, where he hit 46.7% of his shots last season. Although Portis isn’t an elite athlete, he has the foot speed to guard bigs on the perimeter as well as get by them off the bounce.
Weaknesses: Lack of athleticism and strength make him an oddly sub-standard defensive rebounder for a player his size. Additionally, despite good length, Portis isn’t an elite rim protector or shot blocker. Most of Portis’s points come off energy plays, hustle and open jump shots, as he’s not going to create a ton of offense on his own. You can’t just give him the ball on the block and ask him to go to work. Portis’s post game isn’t refined, but given his soft touch as a jump-shooter, it’s an area he could develop down the line.