Portis could see his role reduced as a result of the Bulls selecting Wendell Carter with the seventh overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Portis posted a career year during the 2017-18 campaign, averaging 13.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in 22.5 minutes. However, considering Carter projects to have a higher ceiling, his minutes will probably get prioritized over Portis'. And, with Lauri Markkanen still in the fold, Portis appears to be the odd man out in the frontcourt.
Portis averaged 13.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists across 73 games played with the Bulls in 2017-18. It was a career year for the Arkansas product, as he tallied career highs in games, points, rebounds, assists and just about every other statistical category. Portis has been able to increase his three-point shooting percentage every year which is now up to 35.9 percent. The 22-year-old is bound to make $2.5 million with the Bulls next year with a qualifying offer the following season in 2019-20.
Portis will shift back to a bench role for Monday's matchup with the Nets, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. Portis picked up the spot start Saturday with Lauri Markkanen getting the night off for rest, posting 18 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 31 minutes. However, Markkanen will be rejoining the top unit as expected Monday, which sends Portis to his typical bench role. After logging 31 minutes the last time out, Portis' playing time will likely fall into the low-20s or upper-teens.
Portis produced 18 points (8-15 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 31 minutes in Saturday's 124-96 loss to the Nets. Portis drew the start for Lauri Markkanen (rest), generating a scoring total that led the first unit and checked in second only to Sean Kilpatrick on the Bulls. The third-year forward has been on an extended stretch of strong play, posting double-digit scoring efforts in 13 of his last 15 games. He's been particularly hot from the field in April, as well, draining 54.5 percent of his 11.0 shot attempts per contest, including 58.3 percent of his 3.0 tries from distance.
Portis, with Lauri Markkanen (rest) out, will draw the start at power forward for Saturday's game against the Nets. Portis hasn't seen much run as of late, averaging 18.3 minutes over the past four games. But, that will likely change Saturday. In three starts this season, Portis has averaged 13.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists across 29.8 minutes.
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