On Wednesday, the Bulls hosted the Memphis Grizzlies for the first time since trading away Justin Holiday, our beloved small forward.
A six-year veteran named Otto Porter has taken small forward duties for the remainder of the season and has proven not only to be an extreme upgrade from Holiday but a leader and a player that Chicago can count on moving forward.
Otto had himself a night to remember.
In fact, a career night. He scored 37 points and gathered 10 rebounds. Scoring two points more than his previous career-high, which was 35 while he played in Washington. He shot (16-20) and (3-5) beyond the arc in 34 minutes.
It’s apparent now that his fit with Chicago has been like a missing puzzle piece, since Luol Deng’s departure, that has just been found.
Otto is clearly the most experienced player on this young team, and it’s crazy to say because he’s only been in the league for six years.
Zach LaVine finished the night with 15 points, six rebounds, and seven assists. He spoke to the media about Porter.
“He plays so many different positions. He knows what he’s doing. He’s very smart, talks on defense, can flat out score, shoot the ball, space the floor. He’s doing a little bit of everything. Since he’s been here I feel like I’ve been able to get more driving lanes and some easy catch-and-shoots.”
In a small sample size, Otto has proven to be much more than just a spot-up three and D guy, to this Bulls team he’s much more. Not playing behind All-Star’s like John Wall and Bradley Beal, I feel as if Otto can display other talents that have been hindered due to playing on the Wizards.
Porter is averaging 22.5 points and 5.8 rebounds. Shooting 62.1 percent overall and 57.9 percent from three in four games with the Bulls. Chicago holds a 2-2 record since his arrival which gives them a solid 14-44 record. His play gives me hope that this team can eventually turn things around. The only downside of this is that with his play the Bulls may be sacrificing a chance at reeling in a top three pick in this year’s draft.
Seems like nothing can ever be right with the Bulls. But for now, they acquired a solid player in Otto Porter Jr.
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