The Hawks’ season may have come to a disappointing end, but they do have something to look forward to: they will swap draft picks with the Brooklyn Nets. So instead of being forced into taking one of the last picks of the first round, the Hawks will get to pick 15th, a place where a lot of budding college talent is still available.
Throughout this series, HawksHoop will take a look at players who will potentially be available in the middle of the draft, and we will assess how each player can fit with the Hawks. First up? Bobby Portis.
Power Forward, 6’10.5, 246 lbs. Sophomore, University of Arkansas, 20 years old
2014-15 college stats:
29.9 minutes, 17.5 points, 53.6 FG%, 46.7 3P%, 73.7 FT%, 1.2 assists, 8.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 1.4 blocks, 29.5 PER.
At 6’10.5″, and a wingspan of 7’2”, Bobby Portis has great size for a power forward, and even center if the team wants to stretch the floor out. With that size, Portis was able to grab 8.9 rebounds a game in only 29.9 minutes per game. With the height, wingspan, and weight, Portis should be able to bang down low with most NBA bigs for rebounds. In his last year, Portis was able to pull down 3.7 offensive rebounds per game, good for tenth most offensive rebounds in the country. For comparison, Jahlil Okafor averaged 3.4 for the season, but grabbed one more offensive rebound than Portis for the whole season, with two extra games to do it. Continue Reading…