Wendell Carter
Wendell Carter
21-Year-Old CenterC
Chicago Bulls  NBA  
Chicago Bulls
2020 Fantasy Outlook
A nagging ankle injury that sidelined him nearly two months and the shortened regular season cost Carter some valuable development time during the 2019-20 campaign, but the 2018 seventh overall pick still showed some encouraging signs of improvement. Carter finished with averages of 11.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 53.4 percent overall across 29.2 minutes over 43 games. Carter's scoring and rebounding numbers both represented notable boosts from his rookie-season figures, and his accuracy also went up 4.9 percentage points. Nevertheless, Carter still has plenty of room for improvement in his offensive efficiency, considering he's yet to even match the 56.1 percent success rate from the floor he mustered during his one college season at Duke. A clean bill of health could certainly help make a difference for the 21-year-old, who could undoubtedly benefit from all the reps he can get given he's played only 87 total games at the NBA level over his first two seasons. One factor in Carter's favor in the coming season should be continuity, as he's projected to play alongside the same first-unit mates he did last season. That quartet of Coby White, Zach LaVine, Otto Porter and Lauri Markkanen will certainly command plenty of usage on the offensive end, but Carter figures to still be a solid option near the basket and serve as an above-average rebounder. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $9.64 million contract with the Bulls in July of 2018. Bulls exercised $5.45 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Wendell Andre Carter Jr. was born in 1999 in Atlanta to Wendell Sr. and Kylia Carter. Both parents played college basketball, while his dad was also a pro in the Dominican Republic. Carter attended the Pace Academy and posted excellent sophomore stats with averages of 21.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 4.1 blocks. He continued to develop in his junior year and ultimately led his team to a Georgia Class AA state championship thanks to 30 points and 20 rebounds. Carter dazzled as a senior with 22.7 points, 15.5 rebounds, and 5.8 blocks per game while earning several awards and accolades, including Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year and spots in the McDonald's All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic, and Nike Hoop Summit. He entered college ranked as the No. 4 recruit in the nation and chose Duke University. Carter has represented the USA and won gold at both the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship. You can follow him on Twitter (@wendellcarter34) and Instagram (@wendellcarterjr).

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Playing for a star-studded Duke squad in 2017-18, it was somewhat easy for Carter to get lost in the shuffle. The 6-foot-10 forward had a fine season by averaging 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks, but he was fourth on the squad in scoring behind fellow freshmen Marvin Bagley III and Gary Trent Jr., as well as senior Grayson Allen. Carter had 16 double-doubles and four games where he scored at least 20 points, but he also provided consistent defense in the paint with eight games of four blocks or more. The Atlanta native had a season-high 27 points in the win over Evansville in December. The Blue Devils fell somewhat short of expectations in March. The team lost to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament and Carter was held to nine points and eight rebounds. For most teams, advancing to the Elite Eight would be great, but Duke was unable to beat Kansas. In the run, Carter had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the Sweet 16 win over Syracuse. After the season, Carter joined almost all of his teammates by heading to the NBA.

Big production against Rockets
CChicago Bulls
February 22, 2021
Carter scored 18 points (8-14 FG, 2-2 FT) to go along with 13 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks across 29 minutes in Monday's 120-100 win over the Rockets.
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Carter had one his best games of the season, notching his fifth double-double. He was particularly aggressive in finding his shot, as he reached double-digit field-goal attempts for only the fifth time this season. In addition, Carter supplemented his strong scoring and rebounding totals with defensive contributions by matching a season-high three blocks. Since returning from a quadriceps injury, Carter has averaged 13.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 blocks and 0.6 steals across five games.
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2019

Carter appeared in 43 out of 65 possible games for the Bulls during the shortened 2019-20 season. He started all 43 of those games. The big post player averaged per-game career highs in points (11.3), rebounds (9.4) and steals (0.8) over 29.2 minutes per game in what was his second season in the Association. Carter also averaged 1.2 assists and 0.8 blocks per contest. He ranked 15th in the NBA in total rebound percentage (17.8). The Duke product shot career highs in both field-goal percentage (53.4) and three-point percentage (20.7) while also shooting 73.7 percent from the free-throw line. On Nov. 9 against the Rockets, Carter set a new single-game career high with 16 rebounds. In that game, he also posted 13 points (5-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two assists and two blocks. Carter's best performance of the season was Oct. 28 against the Knicks. In 28 minutes, he double-doubled via a season-high 20 points (7-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 10 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal. For the season, Carter gathered 17 double-doubles. The big center missed 22 straight games in January and February due to an ankle injury. He returned to action on Feb. 29 and was able to start six straight games before the pandemic sports stoppage on Mar. 11.

2018

Thumb surgery ended Carter's rookie campaign after just 44 games, but prior to the injury, Carter showed he was a difference-maker for the Bulls. The No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft started every game of his freshman season and averaged north of 25 minutes per night. Carter quickly proved to be a high-end inside point producer, rebounder and defender, averaging 10.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He generated double-digit boards on nine separate occasions and cracked the 20-point mark three times, including a season-high 28 points against the Pistons on Nov. 30. Carter posted seven double-doubles, including Nov. 9, when he pulled down a season-high 16 rebounds to accompany 13 points and two blocks. He even made six 3-pointers on the season. The young center is a legitimate two-way threat who shot impressively from both the field (48.5 percent) and the line (79.5 percent).

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round (7th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
  • July 3, 2018
    Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Chicago Bulls
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Carter's rookie campaign was cut short by injury, with the seventh overall pick appearing in just 44 games. He started each one, however, seeing 25.2 minutes per contest. While his season averages don't jump off the page, a deeper look reveals why he's considered a promising young center. Carter racked up seven double-doubles, three 20-point games, nine performances with double-digit boards, and seven outings with three or more blocks. He demonstrated his full skillset against the Nuggets in late October, dropping 25 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two threes and a combined six steals/blocks in 38 minutes. The Bulls will be looking for Carter to showcase those skills even more in 2019-20, as Robin Lopez has moved on to Milwaukee, making Carter the clear-cut option at center. It seems likely Carter will see 30-plus minutes per contest, and he averaged 13.5 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and a combined 2.6 blocks/steals when seeing minutes in the 30s last year. But fantasy owners should remain patient with Carter, as he'll be entering just his age 20 season in 2019-20.
Carter comes in at 6-foot-10 and 251 pounds with a nearly a 7-foot-5 wingspan, providing some size at center for the Bulls alongside Lauri Markkanen. Though Carter lacks elite athleticism, his versatility gives him plenty of upside. The rookie can finish in the pick-and-roll, catch-and-shoot threes, work in the post and make good passes. He was also an impressive rebounder at Duke, posting 13.5 boards per 40 minutes. Defensively, Carter's size should help him hold his own in the post, while his quick feet and long arms could help him make switches on the perimeter. He looked more than comfortable during five summer league tilts, averaging 14.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.4 combined blocks/steals and 1.6 assists while shooting 55.1 percent from the field and going 3-of-7 from beyond the arc. Carter also contributed to the overall success of the team, ending up with a plus-31.8 net rating. It’s unclear if he'll be the team’s starting center from Day 1, but it would be surprising if he doesn't at least split time at the position with Robin Lopez.
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Puts up 15 points in loss
CChicago Bulls
February 19, 2021
Carter registered 15 points (7-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt), four rebounds and an assist across 25 minutes in Friday's loss against the 76ers.
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Drops 18 points in win
CChicago Bulls
February 18, 2021
Carter ended with 18 points (7-9 FG, 4-6 FT), three rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 105-102 victory over the Pistons.
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Plays 21 minutes in return
CChicago Bulls
February 15, 2021
Carter (quadriceps) scored 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-4 FT) to go along with nine rebounds, one assist and one steal across 21 minutes in Monday's 120-112 win over the Pacers.
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Returning to action Monday
CChicago Bulls
February 15, 2021
Carter (quadriceps) is available for Monday's game at Indiana and isn't expected to play heavy minutes, Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports.
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Questionable Monday
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Quadriceps
February 14, 2021
Carter (quadriceps) is questionable for Monday's game against the Pacers.
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