Projected starting five if the Chicago Bulls draft LaMelo Ball

LaMelo Ball, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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Otto Porter Jr., Chicago Bulls
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Small Forward: Otto Porter Jr.

The former veteran Washington Wizards small forward Otto Porter Jr. has yet to consistently live up to the hype during his Bulls tenure to date. He landed with the Bulls after a trade deal at the 2019 deadline that brought him to the Windy City in exchange for the power forward combination of Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker.

That trade deal hasn’t worked out particularly well for the Wizards or the Bulls thus far. Porter Jr. is one of the most injury prone players on the current roster. He is also the highest paid by far. OPJ has played in just 29 games with the Bulls after spending more than an entire regular season in the Windy City.

During the 2019-20 regular season, OPJ played in just 14 games (starting in nine of them). He averaged 11.9 points per game, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.4 blocks. OPJ shot 44.3 percent from the field, 38.7 percent from beyond the arc, and 70.4 percent from the free-throw line. That amounted to an effective field goal percentage of 52.9 and a 55.0 true shooting percentage.

What the Bulls will be looking to do next season with OPJ, that they couldn’t this year, is get him to find the form he was at when he first arrived in town. He posted a true shooting percentage better than 60.0 last season in a Bulls uniform, and a box plus/minus rating greater than 2.0. This season, his box plus/minus rating was more than an entire point lower than last year.