The Ringer's Jonathon Tjarks breaks down how Otto Porter Jr. (@ottodayporter22) fits perfectly with the Bulls rebuild:
"There are not many tall wings who can space the floor and make good decisions with the ball while also being a positive on defense. Porter is one of five 6-foot-8 and taller players this season averaging at least four 3-point attempts, two assists, and one steal per game while shooting higher than 40 percent from the field. The other four are LeBron James, Paul George, Khris Middleton, and Joe Ingles.
According to the tracking numbers at Synergy Sports, he was in the 66th percentile of players leaguewide when shooting off the dribble in Washington and in the 87th percentile when shooting after coming around screens off the ball. He threatens the defense just by moving around the court, and he won’t take a bad shot once he gets the ball. If they collapse on him, he will find the open man.
Markkanen is averaging 23.0 points on 45.7 percent shooting, 14.0 rebounds, and 3.3 assists since the trade. The small sample size means that the numbers themselves aren’t that important. The key is the way he is getting them: Defenses have a harder time sending help toward Markkanen with Porter next to him, while playing in more space in the half court has made it easier for him to read the floor and make plays for his teammates. Markkanen has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3-to-1 in the 113 minutes he has played with Porter, a huge leap from his ratio (0.8-to-1) over the rest of the season.
The Bulls don’t need Porter to play like a star, either. Unlike the Wizards, who were pressed up against the luxury tax, Chicago still has room to maneuver even with Porter on its books. The franchise has only $81 million in salary committed for next season, putting it almost $30 million under the cap. The Bulls can still rent out space to acquire draft picks, like they did when trading for Omer Asik last season, and try their luck with restricted free agents who fit better around Markkanen and Carter. With those two on rookie deals, Chicago has plenty of money to spare.”