2015 NBA Draft: Bobby Portis over Justin Anderson with the 21st pick
In the 2015 NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks held the 21st pick and ended up selecting Justin Anderson. While he was a decent NBA player at one point, Anderson’s time in the league was underwhelming.
He played just one-and-a-half seasons for the Mavericks before getting traded and would go on to give the Philadelphia 76ers some decent minutes.
In hindsight, however, the Mavericks should have gone with a big man, as Bobby Portis was selected just one pick later at 16 by the Chicago Bulls.
Portis’ career was rocky to start, as he couldn’t quite find his footing on the Bulls and often got into scuffles with some of the veterans. (Some of which were made very public. Sorry, Nikola Mirotic.)
However, Portis finally found a forever home with the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2020-21 season, helping Giannis Antetokounmpo and company bring home a championship.
Portis’ unrelenting energy and solid three-point shooting make him a perfect fit next to Antetokounmpo, and while it seems like he’ll spend the rest of his career in Milwaukee, his skillset would be useful on any team.
He’ll act as the backup center on this hypothetical Mavericks dream team, and Dallas, who is in desperate need of a big man,m certainly wishes they had his services in real life.