Bobby Portis (Sophomore, Arkansas, @BPortistime)
Power Forward/6’10/240/Age: 20
Product of…Hall HS (Little Rock, AR)
17.5 points/game, 8.9 rebounds/game, 1.2 assists/game
Bobby Portis surprised some by entering his name in this year’s draft pool. Despite the fact that he is pretty polished, a lot of people believed he would try to up his status by returning to Arkansas in the fall. But the 6’10, 240-pound forward has the game and mentality to take his skills to the next level.
Portis has varied talents on the offensive end already. Although he can face up, he prefers shooting jumpers and is tough to cover on the break. How quickly he gets adjusted to NBA-level speed is important; can he outwork opponents like he did in college? Whoever selects him will likely nurture him along slowly but Portis can be a starter-caliber player in a couple of seasons.
-Offensive workhorse; variety of moves facing up; ranked 6th in the NCAA in overall field goals made (250)
-Very good rebounder; loves to crash the glass with ferocity
-Already features an NBA-ready body; strong player who can finish around the bucket
-Not much of a defender at this point; struggles containing faster opponents and stretch fours
-Neither quick or explosive; will have to add even more moves to his post attack to make up for subpar athleticism
-Has to play with much more of an edge; too passive sometimes
D.O.G. Status: Portis might be a lottery pick but scouts are a little concerned about his lack of explosiveness at the four. He is best served to go to an established team searching for offense in the second unit to start out. Down the road, he projects as a good source of points and boards in the lineup.
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