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Bulls highest-paid player since Michael Jordan, Otto Porter valued in Chicago

Bulls highest-paid player since Michael Jordan, Otto Porter valued in Chicago
Published On: Wed, Mar 13
Dec 2, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (6) dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) defends in the second quarter at Verizon Center. The Lakers won 108-104. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Bulls guardA Zach LaVineA summarized the scouting report on the Wizards the last couple years.

John WallA andA Bradley Beal: a€œA lot of the shots were going that way.a€

Otto Porter: a€œHe was just stuck in the corner.a€

Porter is spreading his wings now. After getting traded to Chicago last month, Porter is filling a bigger role on a team pleased to have him.

The Bulls, especially after tradingA Justin Holiday, were desperate at small forward.A Denzel ValentineA has missed the entire season due toA injury. Chicagoa€™s option for a bigger wing were oversized (Jabari Parker), undersized (LaVine,A Wayne Selden) or inexperienced (Chandler Hutchison).

a€œEvery team needs a guy like Otto,a€ Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. a€œBut we definitely did.

a€œHe comes in, and ita€™s like a calming of the sea.a€

Chicago is 7-6 with Porter and 12-44 without him. Even just since acquiring Porter, the Bulls have outscored opponents by 1.2 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor and gotten outscored by 9.0 points per 100 possessions without him.

Importantly, Porter has thrived with Chicagoa€™s other healthy core players. The Bulls are +6.6 points per 100 possessions when Porter, LaVine andA Lauri MarkkanenA share the court.

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