Wendell Carter Jr. guards Marc Gasol in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 28.
When the Chicago Bulls acted against Nikola Vucevic, several first round picks had to be sacrificed. At the center of the deal, however, was the tall, 21-year-old Wendell Carter Jr., who looks at home with the Orlando Magic.
His two and a half seasons in the Windy City were full of injuries. Carter finished his Bulls tenure with 119 games out of a possible 190, with an average of 24 games missing.
It only took Wendell Carter Jr. three games to beat Khem Birch on the starting line-up and it looks like it would things stay that way.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday that the team is doing away with Birch, a pending free agent.
But there has to be some trust in Carter for magic to take this step. Head coach Steve Clifford had kudos for his latest kudos when speaking to reporters (via NBA.com) after the Orlando win over New Orleans:
He’s smart. He has good instincts. He can really move his feet. I would say his lateral speed is extraordinary. His instincts (is good) as to when to attack the ball, when to fall, return to his man and obviously he has a basket protection component. It’s three games but I couldn’t be happier with what he’s already doing.
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-Year-olds averaged 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, two assists, 1.3 steals, and one block per game.
Orlando lost all three games, and two of them were outright failures, but that’s how Magic Basketball watches that point in the franchise timeline.
They not only traded Vucevic for the Cops, but also Evan Fournier for Boston and Aaron Gordon for Denver. As they continue down this path of rebuilding, they seem poised and willing to star Carter in a starring role.
As much as fans hate to see a former draft pick flourish elsewhere, let alone that the return of Wendell Carter Jr. should keep the doubters at bay.
That return was obviously a two-time all-star in Nikola Vucevic and an even higher chance of the team’s first playoff spot since 2017.
As of Thursday, the Chicago Bulls are 21-28 after playing two games have won against rivals in the Eastern Conference.
Vucevic was advertised as in the Windy City. He averages 22.7 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and a block in his first six games.
And whether it’s all due to Vucevic or a combination of his presence and renewed effort, the defense of the Bulls was better. Especially in the color.
This season, Chicago’s opponents averaged 50 points in the color every night. In the last six games, however, that number has dropped to 46.3.
And for Zach LaVine, who used the word « relief » when speaking to reporters about Vucevic’s arrival (via NBC Sports), the big one has gone Man proved to be a suitable counterpart.
As the security guard continues to return after an ankle injury, things only get easier for the NBA’s newest all-star duo.