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

Bobby Portis
Bobby Portis Arkansas.jpg
Portis in 2015
New York Knicks
PositionPower forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1995-02-10) February 10, 1995 (age 24)
Little Rock, Arkansas
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High schoolHall (Little Rock, Arkansas)
CollegeArkansas (2013–2015)
NBA draft2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career2015–present
Career history
20152019Chicago Bulls
2017Windy City Bulls
2019Washington Wizards
2019–presentNew York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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High school careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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 careerEdit

Chicago Bulls (2015–2019)Edit

2015–16 seasonEdit

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 seasonEdit

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 seasonEdit

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]

2018–19 seasonEdit

In the Bulls' season opener on October 18, 2018, Portis had 20 points and 11 rebounds in a 127–108 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.[25] On October 25, he was ruled out for four-to-six weeks with a moderate sprain of the MCL of his right knee.[26] On December 10, after sitting out nearly seven weeks, Portis returned to the lineup and had nine points in 19 minutes in a 108–89 loss to the Sacramento Kings.[27] On December 20, he was ruled out for two to four weeks with a right ankle sprain, an injury suffered the previous night against the Brooklyn Nets.[28] He returned to action on January 6 against the Nets after missing seven games.[29] On January 30, he scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half of the Bulls' 105–89 win over the Miami Heat.[30]

Washington Wizards (2019)Edit

On February 6, 2019, Portis was traded, along with Jabari Parker and a 2023 second-round pick, to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Otto Porter.[31][32] He made his debut for the Wizards two days later, scoring a game-high 30 points off the bench in a 119–106 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.[33]

New York Knicks (2019–present)Edit

On July 9, 2019, Portis signed with the New York Knicks.[34]

Career statisticsEdit

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

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

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
2018–19 Chicago 22 6 24.1 .450 .375 .780 7.3 1.3 .5 .4 14.1
2018–19 Washington 28 22 27.4 .440 .403 .809 8.6 1.5 .9 .4 14.3
Career 249 49 20.3 .458 .361 .751 6.2 1.1 .5 .3 10.2

PlayoffsEdit

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

CollegeEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  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.
  25. ^ "Simmons triple-double leads 76ers past Bulls 127-108". ESPN.com. October 18, 2018. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  26. ^ "BULLS INJURY UPDATE". NBA.com. October 25, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  27. ^ "Fox sparks 2nd-half rally, Kings beat Bulls 108-89". ESPN.com. December 10, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  28. ^ "BOBBY PORTIS INJURY UPDATE". NBA.com. December 20, 2018. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  29. ^ "Russell leads Nets past Bulls 117-100 for 3rd win in a row". ESPN.com. January 6, 2019. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  30. ^ "Bulls add to Heat woes at home, win 105-89". ESPN.com. January 30, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  31. ^ "BULLS COMPLETE TRADE WITH WIZARDS". NBA.com. February 6, 2019. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  32. ^ "Wizards acquire Parker and Portis from Bulls". NBA.com. February 7, 2019. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  33. ^ "Portis scores 30 in debut as Wizards beat Cavs 119-106". ESPN.com. February 8, 2019. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  34. ^ "New York Knicks Sign Five Players". NBA.com. July 9, 2019.

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