Rotoworld's Steve Alexander breaks down what to expect from Bulls C Wendell Carter Jr., explaining why he's bound to improve in his third year as a pro.
STEVE ALEXANDER: Wendell Carter, Jr. of the Chicago Bulls is a former number seven overall pick out of Duke University. Expectations were through the roof on this kid coming in, but he's kind of had a lackluster NBA career. He's kind of been a fantasy bust. He averaged 11.3 points, 9.4 boards, and just 0.8 blocks per game last year. The blocks were a big falloff from what he had done the previous year, so that was highly disappointing, especially since he's at the stage of his career that he should be getting better every year and not see his numbers decrease each year.
So now we've got Billy Donovan coaching the Chicago Bulls, and the expectations have changed for Wendell Carter, Jr. a little bit. I think he's going to have a good year. I think he's going to build on those numbers, and they're going to go up. I think the blocks are going to come back. And his preseason wasn't great at 6.3 points, 6.3 boards, 3.5 assists, and just under a block. But the 3.5 assists were pretty nice. He shot it just 31% from the field in the preseason.
All his numbers are going up, and you probably were able to get him fairly late in your fantasy draft, like round 12, round 13. And given all of that and the direction the Bulls seem to be headed in-- everything is positive there right now-- Wendell Carter, Jr. is going to have a good season.