Portis had 20 points (8-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in 21 minutes during Wednesday's 104-89 preseason victory over the Pacers.
Portis moved into the starting lineup for Wednesday's preseason clash, replacing the lackluster Jabari Parker. Portis made the most of the move by chipping in across the board in another solid preseason performance. With Lauri Markkanen (elbow) set to miss up to two months of playing time, Portis once again finds himself in a favorable position. Whether he starts or comes off the bench, Portis has shown on a number of occasions that he has the ability to score the basketball while grabbing plenty of rebounds. Portis is likely going to have some standard league value to begin the season and depending on what happens, could remain relevant into the future.
Portis will start at power forward for Wednesday's preseason game against the Pacers, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Despite signing a big contract this offseason, Jabari Parker has struggled on both sides of the ball throughout the preseason thus far. As a result, it appears Portis will get the call to jump into the starting lineup Wednesday with the hope of adding a spark. It's unclear if this lineup is being considered for the start of the regular season, so it'll be a situation to continue to monitor moving forward. Look for Porter to play a fairly significant role offensively Wednesday.
Portis scored 17 points (7-15 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 2-3 FT) while adding three rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's preseason loss to the Bucks.
He led the Bulls in both court time and scoring on the night, with Kris Dunn being the only other Chicago player to reach double digits. Portis' role in the frontcourt was up in the air this season after the team added Jabari Parker in free agency and drafted Wendell Carter with the seventh overall pick, but Lauri Markkanen's elbow injury should keep the 23-year-old in the mix at least until mid-late November.
Portis accrued 21 points (10-19 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds and two steals across 19 minutes during Sunday's 128-116 preseason win over the Pelicans.
It's no secret Portis can fill it up quickly, as he needed just 22.5 minutes per game to averaged 13.2 points last season. He showed that off again Sunday. Portis should step into a significant frontcourt role while Lauri Markkanen (elbow) is sidelined.
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.
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