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Bulls forward Bobby Portis believes he’ll win Sixth Man of the Year someday

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Chicago Bulls power forward Bobby Portis garnered mainstream media attention towards the start of this season for all the wrong reasons. Now, the 23-year-old is being talked about again for a completely different matter.

Portis’ notoriety grew when a scuffle with then teammate Nikola Mirotic led to an alleged sucker punch to the face, causing the latter to miss the first few weeks of the 2017-18 campaign. Although the two eventually patched things up, Mirotic was shipped out to the New Orleans Hornets.

This time around, Portis isn’t causing any facial injuries. Instead he has exhibited how his confidence has no bounds after sending our a tweet claiming his intention to win next year’s NBA Sixth Man of the Year award.

Portis has quite a long way to go after a satisfactory 2018 campaign, notching up averages of 13.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 0.7 blocks per ballgame. Nonetheless, the 23-year-old has shown some flashes of brilliance on occasion which adds at least some credibility to his statement.

It is also worth noting that the Bulls are looking at another forgettable season ahead of them and being on a team that won’t be contending for a Playoffs spot would hurt his chances.

This season, Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams is considered by many as the runaway winner for the Sixth Man of the Year trophy after giving his team a fighting chance for a post-season run despite most expecting a tanking year for Los Angeles.

The 6-foot-1 combo guard had the best season of his, career, averaging 22.6 points, 5.3 assists, and 2.4 three-pointers per night coming off the bench. For starters, this should be a good gauge for Portis.