Arkansas F Bobby Portis to audition for Pistons

Terry Foster
The Detroit News
Bobby Portis of Arkansas was the SEC player of the year last season.

Arkansas forward Bobby Portis is sometimes undisciplined and erratic. But he is athletic, physical and is a big-time scorer who appears to be on the Pistons' radar.

Following a workout with the Boston Celtics on Monday, Portis told the Boston Globe that he plans on visiting Saturday for a workout at the Pistons practice facility. The Pistons have the No. 8 overall pick in the NBA draft on June 25.

He is a 6-foot-10, 235-pound forward who was the SEC player of the year in a league dominated by Kentucky. But Portis averaged 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting 46.7 percent from the three-point line. It is unlikely that the Pistons would use the No. 8 pick on Portis, but having him visit shows that they are open to trading down to obtain more draft picks or more help.

Portis is slated to be picked 16th by the Celtics, according to draftexpress.com.

Portis is an explosive player who plays with a high motor and great energy. He is also a big fan of former Boston Celtic Kevin Garnett, who is now with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Garnett is a high-energy guy who sometimes rubs teammates the wrong way because of his intensity. Portis does the same.

"Hopefully I can just come in and be myself from Day 1, not try to be someone else," Portis told the Boston media. "But to bring some of the similar things that (Garnett) brought. His hard work and passion for the game."

Portis is one of those Stretch 4 players the Pistons are considering. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy was not happy with the Pistons' three-point shooting and wants somebody who forces defenses to spread out. Portis would work well with center Andre Drummond because he won't clog the middle as Drummond works on his inside game.

The Pistons were a different team with free agent Greg Monroe in the middle. Adding Portis could also benefit point guard Reggie Jackson who is a point guard who likes to work the paint.

Portis also said he plans to visit Oklahoma City, Miami, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Indianapolis and Toronto.