The Chicago Bulls will have a much different look next season after summer deals sent Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah to the Knicks while the Bulls signed Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo. It remains to be seen how Bobby Portis will fit into this new roster, but he’s doing his best to make his presence felt in the NBA’s Summer League.
Heading into Sunday’s semifinal against Cleveland, Portis is leading the Bulls in points per game (15.8), rebounds (9.4), blocks (1.0) and minutes (29.2). The Bulls are the only undefeated team at this point in the tournament.
Portis’ play has not gone unnoticed. He’s gotten a lot of praise on social media since the team started playing in Las Vegas a week or so ago. Here’s a sample:
Bobby Portis shot chart tonight:— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) July 15, 2016
Bobby Portis out here playing angry in Summer League. I like it— J.A. Adande (@jadande) July 17, 2016
Bobby Portis is putting on a show in Vegas! #NBASummer https://t.co/R6fRy6zplr— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 9, 2016
Bobby Portis continues to dominate this summer league competition. Scoring at will with 11 straight Chicago points.— Chicago Bulls Zone (@TheBullsZone) July 15, 2016
Bobby Portis is the Hakeem Olajuwon of the Las Vegas Summer League.— Pippen Ain't Easy (@BullsBeatBlog) July 15, 2016
One thing Bobby Portis is really good at is running down the center of the floor and getting an early seal. Rondo will love that— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) July 15, 2016
After one, the @dallasmavs trail 19-15. Too much Bobby Portis early. #MavsSL16— Earl K. Sneed (@EarlKSneed) July 15, 2016
@BPortistime America needs you. pic.twitter.com/IV0uWgzgKF— Tom A.F. (@Tom_A_F) July 17, 2016
If you have ever touched a basketball, you are fully qualified to be - and likely already have been - trash talked by Bobby Portis.— Joey Spivey ☜ (@SpiveyShouts) July 17, 2016
Here are Portis’ highlights against the Wizards:
The semifinals of the NBA Summer League season are Sunday night and will be televised on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. If the Bulls win, Portis and the crew will play in the championship game against the Minnesota/Phoenix winner on Monday, July 18th.