Bobby Portis Proving ‘More Minutes’ Is Only Part of His Development

February 2nd, 2016 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »

Bobby Portis' first crack at playing major minutes this season was by chance. The Chicago Bulls had played four overtimes against the Detroit Pistons one night in December and had a game in New York the next. They left Pau Gasol at home to rest, which opened up minutes for the rookie, and Portis responded with a 20-point, 11-rebound performance in just 23 minutes against the New York Knicks.

Since then, it's been a roller-coaster ride for Portis, who has been forced into a bigger role than anticipated as injuries have wiped out Chicago's frontcourt depth. With Joakim Noah out for the season with a shoulder injury and Nikola Mirotic out through the All-Star break after undergoing an appendectomy, head coach Fred Hoiberg has been forced to lean on Portis far more than he thought he would.

The results have been mixed.

The Bulls are 10.1 points per 100 possessions worse when Portis is on the floor than when he's on the bench, per

It's about what you'd expect would happen when an inexperienced player starts playing major minutes on a te ...

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