Bobby Portis

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Bobby Portis
Bobby Portis Arkansas.jpg
Portis in 2015
No. 5 – Chicago Bulls
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1995-02-10) February 10, 1995 (age 23)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school Hall (Little Rock, Arkansas)
College Arkansas (2013–2015)
NBA draft 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career 2015–present
Career history
2015–present Chicago Bulls
2017Windy City Bulls
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Bobby Portis (born February 10, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Arkansas Razorbacks and was drafted with the 22nd overall pick by the Bulls in the 2015 NBA draft.

High school career[edit]

Portis played high school basketball at Hall High School in Little Rock. He was a highly decorated prep player there, earning McDonald's and Parade All-American status and was named Mr. Basketball of Arkansas in 2013. Upon committing to Arkansas, Portis became the first in-state McDonald's All-American to sign with the Razorbacks since Corliss Williamson in 1992 and was considered a key recruit for coach Mike Anderson's rebuild of the program.[1][2]

College career[edit]

As a freshman, Portis averaged 12.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team and second-team All-SEC.

In his sophomore season, Portis was named to the preseason All-SEC team[3] and led the Razorbacks to a top 25 ranking. During his second and final season, Portis averaged 17.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.2 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. He was named one of 20 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award for national college player of the year, one of only two players from the SEC.[4]

On March 10, 2015, Portis was selected as the SEC Player of the Year by the league's coaches. This marks the first time an Arkansas Razorback was selected since Corliss Williamson won the award back-to-back during the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons. By that time he was considered one of the top players in college basketball in the 2014–15 season and a likely first-round pick in the 2015 NBA draft.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Chicago Bulls (2015–present)[edit]

2015–16 season[edit]

On June 25, 2015, Portis was selected with the 22nd overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls.[6] He signed his rookie scale contract with the Bulls on July 7, 2015.[7] In his NBA debut on November 3, 2015, he scored 10 points in the Bulls' 25-point loss to the Charlotte Hornets.[8] Following a quadruple overtime loss to the Detroit Pistons on December 18, 2015, a number of the Bulls' starting five members were fatigued heading into the team's December 19, 2015, game against the New York Knicks.[9] With Jimmy Butler and Tony Snell struggling, Portis capitalized and had the best night of his young career with 20 points and 11 rebounds.[10]

2016–17 season[edit]

On October 28, 2016, the Bulls exercised their third-year team option on Portis' rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2017–18 season.[11] On January 6, 2017, Portis was assigned to the Windy City Bulls, Chicago's D-League affiliate.[12] He was recalled the next day.[13] On February 16, 2017, he had a season-high 19 points in a 104–103 win over the Boston Celtics.[14] On March 2, 2017, he had 17 points and a season-high 13 rebounds in a 94–87 win over the Golden State Warriors.[15] On March 18, 2017, he scored a career-high 22 points in a 95–86 win over the Utah Jazz.[16]

2017–18 season[edit]

On October 17, 2017, Portis and teammate Nikola Mirotić were engaged in a physical altercation during practice, in which Mirotić charged at Portis, who punched Mirotić in the face,[17] which led to him going to the hospital for a concussion and multiple face fractures.[18] A day later, Portis was suspended by the Bulls for eight games.[19] In his season debut on November 7, Portis had 21 points and 13 rebounds in a 119–114 loss to the Toronto Raptors.[20] On December 11, he scored a career-high 23 points in a 108–85 win over the Boston Celtics.[21] Four days later, he set a new career high with 27 points to go with 12 rebounds in a 115–109 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.[22] On February 22, 2018, he set a new career high with 38 points in a 116–115 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.[23] On March 17, 2018, he recorded 15 points and a season-high 15 rebounds in a 114–109 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Chicago 62 4 17.8 .427 .308 .727 5.4 .8 .4 .4 7.0
2016–17 Chicago 64 13 15.6 .488 .333 .661 4.6 .5 .3 .2 6.8
2017–18 Chicago 73 4 22.5 .471 .359 .769 6.8 1.7 .7 .3 13.2
Career 199 21 18.8 .463 .345 .769 5.7 1.1 .5 .3 9.2

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017 Chicago 6 0 20.1 .515 .462 .000 6.0 1.2 .5 .5 6.7
Career 6 0 20.1 .515 .462 .000 6.0 1.2 .5 .5 6.7

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Arkansas 34 34 27.0 .509 .273 .737 6.8 1.5 1.0 1.6 12.3
2014–15 Arkansas 36 36 29.9 .536 .467 .737 8.9 1.2 1.1 1.4 17.5
Career 70 70 28.5 .526 .365 .737 7.9 1.3 1.1 1.5 15.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tipton, Jerry (February 26, 2015). "Big man Portis is anchor Arkansas has been seeking for years". Kentucky.com. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ Medcalf, Myron (December 30, 2014). "Basketball can change Bobby Portis' life". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ Harper, Doc (October 22, 2014). "Bobby Portis Named 1st Team All-SEC; Razorbacks Picked 3rd In Preseason Poll". ArkansasFight.com. SB-Nation. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Cauley-Stein, Portis on Wooden Award late season top-20". Southeastern Conference. February 11, 2015. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ Harris, Eric (January 14, 2015). "Bobby Portis is Exceeding Expectations". The Arkansas Traveler. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ "BULLS GO BIG IN DRAFT WITH BOBBY PORTIS". NBA.com. June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ "BULLS SIGN BOBBY PORTIS". NBA.com. July 7, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bobby Portis 2015-16 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  9. ^ Johnson, K.C. (December 19, 2015). "Bulls fall to Pistons 147-144 in four overtimes". ChicagoTribune.com. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  10. ^ Mahoney, Brian (December 19, 2015). "Knicks beat weary Bulls 107-91 for 4th straight win". NBA.com. Retrieved December 19, 2015. 
  11. ^ "BULLS EXERCISE OPTIONS ON MCDERMOTT, GRANT AND PORTIS". NBA.com. October 28, 2016. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Chicago Bulls Assign Portis and Zipser to Windy City". NBA.com. January 6, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Chicago Bulls Recall Bobby Portis from Windy City Bulls". OurSportsCentral.com. January 7, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Butler lifts Bulls to 104-103 victory over Celtics". ESPN.com. February 16, 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Bulls beat Warriors 94-87 in 1st game without Durant". ESPN.com. March 2, 2017. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Butler, second unit help Bulls beat Jazz 95-86". ESPN.com. March 18, 2017. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Bulls' Nikola Mirotic suffers broken facial bones in altercation with teammate Bobby Portis". ESPN.com. October 17, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017. 
  18. ^ Johnson, K.C. (October 17, 2017). "Bulls' Nikola Mirotic out with two broken bones in face after being punched by teammate Bobby Portis". ChicagoTribune.com. Retrieved October 17, 2017. 
  19. ^ "PORTIS SUSPENDED EIGHT GAMES". NBA.com. October 18, 2017. Retrieved October 20, 2017. 
  20. ^ "DeRozan scores 24 points as Raptors beat Bulls 119-114". ESPN.com. November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Mirotic, Portis lead way, Bulls blow out Celtics 108-85". ESPN.com. December 11, 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Portis scores career-high 27 as Bulls beat Bucks 115-109". ESPN.com. December 15, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Simmons' late FTs gives 76ers 116-115 win over Bulls". ESPN.com. February 22, 2018. Retrieved February 23, 2018. 
  24. ^ "LeBron gets 33 points in triple-double, Cavs beat Bulls". ESPN.com. March 17, 2018. Retrieved March 18, 2018. 

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