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Bulls’ Bobby Portis is No. 3 on NBA Summer League most-impressive list

Maybe Bobby Portis had something to prove.

Considering 21 players were taken ahead of him in the draft, not much would be expected of the Bulls rookie in the NBA Summer League, which also featured a slew of good second-year players.

But the 20-year-old power forward played like he belonged, enough so to make Pro Basketball Talk’s list of “Five Player Who Impressed.” The Top Five: 1. Emmanuel Mudiay, Nuggets; 2. Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves; 3. Portis, Bulls; 4. Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks; 5. Noah Vonleh, Trail Blazers.

Here’s what PBT writer Kurt Helin said about Portis:

The Bulls were surprised on draft night when Portis was still available at No. 22, and they have to be pleased with his Summer League showing. In his Vegas debut, Portis had 23 points and 7 rebounds playing against No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns. His later games weren’t as impressive statistically, but new Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg raved about his motor and intensity. The Bulls’ frontcourt is crowded, but Taj Gibson is coming off recent ankle surgery, Pau Gasol is 35 and Joakim Noah looked like a shell of himself last year, so it’s easy to see a scenario where Portis plays significant minutes this season. He looks ready. (SH)