The Bulls were in the position of having to watch the draft unfold without much drama, as the glut of mid-round talented guards began falling one by one off the board.
When the smoke cleared, though, they took Bobby Portis from Arkansas with the 22nd pick of the first round for the first pick of the Fred Hoiberg Era, a player who was waiting in the green room as one of the invitees from the NBA.
He’ll be expected to compete for minutes as a backup power forward/center behind Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson, a player who won the SEC Player of the Year in a conference that had numerous draft picks selected ahead of him, a mark of his consistency.
“They have Gasol and Gibson,” he said in an interview right after being selected. “I’ll back those guys up and maybe even start. I’ll try to learn from those guys.”
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With Terry Rozier and Rashad Vaughn taken midway through the first round, then Jerian Grant off the board, it left the Bulls perhaps in a position where they had to switch course and go to the frontcourt.
Portis was projected as a mid-first round pick by many experts, and averaged 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds as an aggressive big who adds some youth to an older frontline.
With Noah, Gasol and Gibson being an average of 31.6 years old by the start of next season, and the Bulls getting gashed on the boards by the Cleveland Cavaliers in their six-game second-round series loss, they added a low-post scorer and inside player who’ll get after it on the glass.
On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast; Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine recap the Bulls 104-88 win over Cleveland on Monday and discuss what this win means for the team and also the current state of the 2018-19 Chicago Bulls.
1:32 - Does beating the worst team in the league mean anything for the Bulls?
4:57 - Breaking down the wins in the 2018-19 Chicago Bulls season
8:50 - Are the Bulls willing to move on from Kris Dunn?
12:14 - On Wayne Selden Jr. getting more minutes than Jabari Parker
13:02 - Are the Outsiders "Night People?"
14:58 - Has it been better to be a Cavaliers fan or Bulls fan over the last 20 years?
21:09 - Three Potential Coaches who could replace Jim Boylen next season
23:45 - What if Stacey and Neil called Derrick Rose's game winner vs. Suns?
25:31 - The Outsiders "Dream" Coaching Candidates
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On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kelly Crull react to the Bulls win over the Cavaliers and Kendall explains why he thinks the Bulls should bring Derrick Rose back next season.
1:15 Bulls have several winnable games in upcoming stretch
2:45 On importance to team morale of beating the Cavs
3:30 Reaction to good game from Kris Dunn and importance of the next 3 months to him
8:45 Kendall on why players don’t get the development they need entering the NBA at 19 years old
12:00 Impact of losing on Zach LaVine
13:45 Kendall on why Derrick Rose would be a great fit for the Bulls next season
16:00 Why Bulls should look at Tobias Harris
18:00 Kendall discusses his dream lineup for next year
20:30 Expectations for upcoming home stand and what we’d like to see from the Bulls
23:30 Kelly on Bulls fans asking her questions at Cubs convention
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:
Bulls Talk Podcast