Bobby Portis believes he’ll be contending for Sixth Man of the Year
New York Knicks big man Bobby Portis has a different personal goal in mind for the 2019-20 NBA season. The 24-year-old power forward told Marc Berman in the New York Post he doesn’t care whether he comes off the bench or not.
“Last year I was in the running at the beginning of the season, playing well. That’s in the back of my mind for sure,” Portis told the Post. “Naysayers will say I’m crazy. I feel it’s going to come for me one day for sure. I play my role really well.”
The Knicks signed the 6-foot-11 big man to a $31 million contract over the next two years, although the team has an option in the second year, essentially making 2019-20 another expiring contract year for Portis. This was a common theme for New York’s summer after striking out on big names and targets, general manager Scott Perry and the front office signed veterans to short-term teams with less guaranteed money in the long run as a means to recover and build a team identity before having another play with open cap space in free agency the next two summers.
There was debate about whether the Knicks would lean into 21-year-old center Mitchell Robinson, who made the All-Rookie second team this past season, or not, as Portis and new power forwards Julius Randle and Taj Gibson overlap with Robinson’s position. Despite no clear-cut plan announced in a press conference, the Knicks will ostensibly heavily feature their second-year center in Robinson and the 24-year-old power forward Randle while Portis guns for the Sixth Man of the Year award and toils off the bench.