Bobby Portis
Bobby Portis
26-Year-Old ForwardF
Milwaukee Bucks
2021 Fantasy Outlook
While Portis saw the third-fewest minutes per game of his career (20.8) with the Bucks last season, it was his most impactful campaign as a pro. Portis played a crucial sixth-man role in the Bucks' run to an NBA title. Shooting efficiency was the greatest area of improvement for Portis. The big man shot 52/47/74 en route to 11.4 points per game. He also remained one of the league's best per-minute rebounders. His 7.1 boards per game translated to a 17.9 total rebound percentage, which ranked 12th-best in the NBA. All together, that resulted in Portis ranking 129th in fantasy on a per-game basis -- tied for the second-highest mark of his career. Somewhat surprisingly, the Bucks were able to retain the 26-year-old heading into the 2021-22 season. He should again be in line for minutes in the low-20s, though it wouldn't be surprising to see him receive a slight uptick if Brook Lopez starts to show signs of aging at 33 years old. Considering Portis is not in an advantageous situation for fantasy, he can probably be avoided in standard drafts. However, managers in deeper leagues can take him after pick 100 as a high-floor big, especially when it comes to rebounding. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Bucks.
Personal Bio

Bobby Portis was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995. The son of Tina Edwards, Portis comes from a basketball family. His mother played at Hines Community College and his uncle Anthony Hicks played at Missouri State. Portis spent four years at Hall High School in Little Rock, where he won four straight state championships. He scored 1,093 points over his final two seasons at Hall High, leading his team to a 26-5 record and a 6A State Championship as a senior. That season, he averaged 20.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and 2.1 assists per game. In the lead up to his freshman year at the University of Arkansas, Portis completed the trifecta of national appearances by playing in the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic, the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon, and the McDonald's All-American Game in Chicago, Illinois. While at the University of Arkansas, Portis majored in dietetics and nutrition. You can follow Bobby Portis on Twitter and Instagram @BPortistime.

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When Portis decided to attend the University of Arkansas, he became the first in-state McDonald's All-American to become a Razorback since Corliss Williamson. The 6-11 forward became a starter as a freshman in 2013-14 and provided 12.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per contest. Portis set a career standard with 35 points to go along with nine rebounds and six blocks in a win over Alabama. He had five double-doubles, including two such games during the NIT Tournament. At the end of his freshman season, Portis earned All-SEC Second Team and SEC All-Freshman honors. The forward took on more offensive responsibility as a sophomore in 2014-15. Portis averaged 17.5 points (on 53.6 percent from the field), 8.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. The forward had 14 double-doubles. Portis put up 32 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in a win over Vanderbilt. Portis was named SEC Player of the Year and led the Razorbacks back into the NCAA Tournament. He had 15 points and 13 rebounds in a first round win over Wofford and put up 18 points, 14 rebounds and five steals in a loss to North Carolina. After his sophomore campaign, Portis declared for the 2015 draft.

To run it back in Milwaukee
FMilwaukee Bucks
August 2, 2021
Portis and the Bucks agreed to terms Monday on a two-year, $9 million contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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After prioritizing a winning organization over money last offseason, Portis will once again take a pay cut to stay in Milwaukee after helping the Bucks capture the 2021 NBA title. Charania notes that Portis turned down more lucrative deals from Dallas and Miami in order to pursue a Finals repeat. The deal in place includes a player option for the 2022-23 season, so Portis will have a chance to cash in again next summer. The former Arkansas standout carved out a key role off the bench in 2020-21, averaging 11.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.8 steals while hitting a career-high (by far) 47.1 percent of his three-point attempts (2.4 3PA/G). During the playoffs, Portis emerged as a fan favorite in Milwaukee, and he came up big in Game 6 of the Finals, putting up 16 points (6-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and three rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench.
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Portis signed as a free agent with the Bucks in November of 2020. He made his team debut on opening night against the Celtics. In 16 minutes, he recorded three points, four rebounds and one assist. He recorded his first of 12 double-doubles two days later on Christmas against the Warriors. In the win, Portis played 26 minutes and recorded 10 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. He had his first of seven 20-point outings on Jan. 11 against the Magic, posting exactly 20 points. His season high in scoring was 23 points, which he achieved in a win over the 76ers on April 22. His other season highs included 15 rebounds, five assists, four steals, three blocks and five made threes. During the regular season, he averaged 11.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 20.8 minutes. During the Bucks' run to the NBA title, Portis averaged 8.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in 18.3 minutes. His best playoff performance was Game 5 against the Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals. Across 36 minutes, the big man recorded 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.

2019

Portis appeared in all 66 games for the Knicks during the coronavirus-shortened 2019-20 regular season. It was his first season as a Knickerbocker. Portis averaged 10.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21.1 minutes per contest. The big forward shot 45.0 percent from the field, hit 1.0 threes per game at a 35.8 percent clip and converted 76.3 percent of his free throws. On Jan. 8 against the Jazz, Portis dished out a career-high six assists. During the game, he also double-doubled for 13 points (5-17 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and a season-high 13 rebounds in 29 minutes. The game was one of Portis' five double-doubles for the year. His other single-game season highs were 30 points, four made threes, three steals and two blocks. Arguably Portis' best overall performance of the season occurred Oct. 28 during a home win over the Bulls. In 30 minutes, he posted 28 points (10-14 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists (no turnovers) and two blocks. Portis' longest streak of double-digit scoring was four games from Feb. 29 through Mar. 6. During that span, across 23.0 minutes per contest, he averaged 15.0 points on 11.0 shots, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 block.

2018

Portis appeared in 50 games (28 starts) during the 2018-19 season, splitting his time between the Bulls and Wizards. His season started in Chicago. During the fourth game of the season, versus Charlotte, Portis suffered a knee injury. The next day, Portis was diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his right knee. The injury would force the power forward to miss 23 games. Portis would return on Dec. 10 and play 19 minutes versus the Kings. The return was short-lived, as Portis suffered a sprained right ankle on Dec. 20 and missed seven more games. Portis played in 22 of Chicago's first 53 games, averaging 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds across 24 minutes. Once traded to the Wizards on Feb. 6, he saw more action, garnering 27 minutes per game and averaging 14.3 points and 8.6 rebounds. On Feb. 8, Portis scored a season-high 30 points during his first game with the Wizards. On Mar. 29, the veteran delivered 28 points, 13 boards, four assists, four steals and one block in a loss to Utah. Altogether, Portis set career highs in per game averages for points (14.2), rebounds (8.1) and threes (1.5). His three-point shot percentage (39.3) also marked a career high. He recorded at least 20 points on nine occasions and double-digit rebounds 16 times. With Washington, Portis was part of a successful five-man lineup that was plus-6.3 points per 100 possessions in a 149-minute sample that included Tomas Satoransky, Bradley Beal, Troy Brown and Thomas Bryant.

2017

Bobby Portis's game improved considerably over the course of his first three NBA seasons and 2017-18 was his best campaign to date. Seeing time at both power forward and center, the 6-foot-11 Portis quickly earned the trust of new Bulls' Head Coach Jim Boylan. Portis averaged 22.5 minutes after seeing just 15.6 minutes worth of action in 2016-17. The increased playing time resulted in career-best marks in points (13.2), rebounds (6.8), assists (1.7), steals (0.7) and made three-pointers (1.1). Portis again proved to be an efficient offensive player, nailing 47.1 percent of his field goals and 76.9 percent of his free-throws. The big man added the three-pointer as a new weapon this season. After making only 0.5 threes last year, Portis drained 1.1 three pointers this season, shooting 36 percent from behind the arc. Portis' strong all-around season led to him producing 12 double-doubles. On Feb. 2, the burly power forward scored a career-high 38 points during a loss to the Sixers. Portis finished with 20 or more points on nine different occasions and had a pair of games in which he grabbed at least 15 rebounds.

2016

The 2016-17 season was Bobby Portis' sophomore year in The Association. He generated statistics very similar to his rookie season. Portis averaged 6.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 0.2 blocks and 0.5 made threes over 64 games. In December and January, Portis' playing time was sporadic. On Jan. 6, he appeared in one G League game for the Windy City Bulls, posting 32 points and nine rebounds. But then, following the trade of Taj Gibson at the trade deadline, Portis' minutes increased over the last two months of the season. From Feb. 24 through Mar. 17, Portis started 12 straight games for Chicago and averaged 9.2 points and 6.6 boards in those starts. On Mar. 2, Portis snagged a season-high 13 rebounds, plus 17 points, during a home win over the Warriors. On March 18, Portis scored a season-high 22 points in a win over Utah. Portis ended the season with five double-doubles and 18 games with 10 or more points. Chicago ended the season with a 41-41 record. The Bulls then faced the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. In Game 1 of the series, Portis scored 19 points and grabbed nine boards to lead the Bulls to victory. But after another win in Game 2, Portis and the Bulls would struggle and lose to the Celtics in six games.

2015

Bobby Portis was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the 22nd overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. He appeared in 62 games during his rookie season and started four times. The muscular power forward made his NBA debut Nov. 3, scoring 10 points and grabbing two rebounds in a loss at Charlotte. From October through mid-December, Portis appeared in only four of Chicago's first 24 games. His role increased dramatically in mid-December after Joakim Noah was lost for the season with a shoulder injury. On Dec. 19, Portis produced a career-high 20 points and 11 boards during a loss to the Knicks. From Dec. 19 through to the end of the season, Portis played in all 58 of Chicago's games and averaged 18.5 minutes of run per contest. On Feb. 27, Portis posted 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in a loss to the Trail Blazers. Portis collected six double-doubles during his rookie season.

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Portis appeared in 66 games for the Knicks last season (five starts), averaging 10.1 points on 45.0 percent shooting, 5.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 threes in 21.1 minutes. While those numbers were relatively modest, he still showed off upside when seeing 30-plus minutes, averaging 19.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals in three contests. Heading into 2020-21, the 25-year-old big will be joining the Bucks, as he signed a two-year, $7.4 million deal with Milwaukee during the offseason. He projects to be a backup power forward and center for the team, which means he could continue seeing minutes in the low-to-mid 20s. Portis has never finished inside the top 100 for fantasy on a per-game basis, but he did rank 129th during the 2017-18 season with the Bulls while seeing only 22.5 minutes per contest. Optimistic fantasy managers may be able to draft Portis with a late-round flier hoping that coach Mike Budenholzer can put Portis in a position to reach those heights again.
Portis supplied career-high averages of 14.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.5 threes in 26.0 minutes while connecting on career-best three-point (39.3) and free throw (79.4) percentages in 2018-19. Portis also matched career highs in steals (0.7) and blocks (0.4). However, he regressed in a couple of areas, appearing in a career-low 50 games due to various injuries while averaging more turnovers (1.5) than assists (1.4) -- this after dishing out 1.7 dimes versus 1.4 giveaways in 2017-18. It's unclear exactly how New York's frontcourt rotation will shake out, but it seems somewhat reasonable to project Portis as a likely backup behind fellow free-agent addition Julius Randle and sophomore center Mitchell Robinson. It's entirely possible Portis will continue to increase his statistical production while carving out a considerable role for himself in 2019-20. But the plethora of frontcourt players (Randle, Robinson, Marcus Morris, Taj Gibson, Kevin Knox) who may be in the mix for minutes at power forward and center could be cause for concern for those considering Portis prior to the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
Portis continued to build on his game last season -- his third year in the league. The former 22nd overall pick saw a career-high 22.5 minutes per contest and averaged 13.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting from the field, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He also recorded 12 double-doubles, nine 20-plus-point performances, and two games with at least 15 rebounds. Despite the emergence of Lauri Markkanen, the signing of Jabari Parker and the drafting of Wendell Carter, Portis’ ability to play both power forward and center should keep affording him opportunities to see the floor. In addition to his impressive rebounding, he’s turned into a passable floor spacer (1.1 threes at 35.9 percent) and free-throw shooter (76.9 percent) -- key aspects for big men in garnering playing time. While it’s ill-advised to assume an uptick in production from Portis given the situation, his overall upside still gives him Fantasy value as a late-round flyer.
Portis had a relatively disappointing sophomore campaign, as he struggled to be much of a factor in the regular rotation. Even following the trade of Taj Gibson to the Thunder at the trade deadline, Portis really didn't do much to help his case as a Fantasy option, though his minutes certainly increased over the last two months of the season. Portis' per game point (6.8) and rebound (4.8) averages fell from his rookie year, although he did demonstrate a slightly improved shot at 48.8 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from deep, up from 42.7 and 30.8, respectively, a year prior. His outlook doesn't look much better heading into 2017-18. The Bulls drafted Lauri Markkanen with the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and he's currently slotted in as the favorite for starting point guard duties. The Bulls are officially in full rebuild mode following the trade of Jimmy Butler, meaning the rookie big man should get a ton of run. That could come at the expense of Portis' playing time and it wouldn't be surprising if he ultimately was stuck in a similar or smaller role during the upcoming campaign as he battles with Nikola Mirotic for backup duties.
Portis, the 22nd overall pick in 2015, is coming off of an encouraging debut season in which he established himself as a rotation-caliber player. He appeared in 62 games and made four starts, finishing with averages of 7.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Portis started slowly, appearing in only four of Chicago's first 24 games, but his role increased dramatically in mid-December after Joakim Noah was lost for the season with a shoulder injury. Portis put up 20 points and 11 rebounds in a Dec. 19 loss to the Knicks, and from that point on averaged 18.5 minutes per game over the season's final 58 contests. While he was a fixture in the rotation, his role fluctuated on a night-to-night basis, making it difficult for the rookie to establish a rhythm. Portis is expected to take a step forward this season, but it's unclear if he'll be able to carve out significantly more minutes, even after the team parted ways with Noah and Pau Gasol over the summer. Taj Gibson projects to start at power forward alongside Robin Lopez, leaving Portis to compete with Nikola Mirotic for minutes off the bench. Portis is the better rebounder and defender, but Mirotic will be needed to space the floor to help offset what might be the NBA's worst shooting backcourt. To his credit, Portis flashed perimeter skills as a rookie -- he 16-of-52 (30.8%) from three-point range -- but he can't match Mirotic's shooting ability. Given the depth ahead of him, Portis is probably an undrafted commodity in most shallow fantasy leagues, but he holds considerable value as a longer-term asset in dynasty formats.
The Bulls selected Portis with the 22nd pick of the 2015 NBA Draft to add yet another talented big man to their roster. Portis had an excellent sophomore campaign for Arkansas as he averaged 17.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.4 blocks in 30 minutes per game. His percentages were impressive as well as he shot 54 percent from the field, 74 percent from the charity stripe, and 47 percent from behind the arc. The Bulls expect him to play power forward and center, and he is similar to fellow Bulls' big man Taj Gibson in his ability to play both positions and play on both ends of the floor. Portis has better range than Gibson though, evident by his ability to shoot from behind the arc. While Portis has a lot of talent, he'll likely be buried on the bench behind Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, Gibson, and Nikola Mirotic during his rookie season.
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Declines player option
FMilwaukee Bucks
July 31, 2021
Portis declined his player option Saturday, making him an free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Scores 16 in decisive Game 6
FMilwaukee Bucks
July 21, 2021
Portis produced 16 points (6-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and one block across 23 minutes in Tuesday's championship-clinching Game 6 win over the Suns.
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Coming off bench with Giannis back
FMilwaukee Bucks
July 6, 2021
Portis will come off the bench for Tuesday's Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Suns, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports.
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Entering starting five
FMilwaukee Bucks
July 1, 2021
Portis will enter the starting lineup for Thursday's Game 5 matchup against the Hawks, Steve Aschburner of NBA.com reports.
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Plays well off bench
FMilwaukee Bucks
June 28, 2021
Portis finished Sunday's Game 3 against the Hawks with 15 points (7-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt), four rebounds, two steals and an assist in 17 minutes.
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