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Bulls rookie Daniel Gafford tried to shape his game after Bobby Portis

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Chicago Bulls rookie Daniel Gafford says he tried to shape his game after former Bull and current Washington Wizards big man Bobby Portis.

Both Portis and Gafford played their college basketball at the University of Arkansas. The Bulls selected Gafford with the 38th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

This past college season, Gafford averaged 16.9 points and 8.7 rebounds. He shot 66.0 percent from the field. The athletic big man plays with a lot of energy and passion, similar to Portis. The Bulls are excited to bring Gafford into the fold and hoping he can make an instant impact in 2019-20.

How cool would it have been if Portis was still on the Bulls so he could play with Gafford? Chicago traded Portis to the Wizards this past season. The Bulls got small forward Otto Porter Jr. in return, though, so it was definitely a good trade for Chicago.

Chicago’s front court depth is now headlined by Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Gafford. Cristiano Felicio is still on the team, but he likely won’t see a lot of playing time this season.

Along with point guard Coby White, Gafford is going to bring grit and toughness to the Bulls. Both players figure to gel well with head coach Jim Boylen.