With the 7th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls selected 6’10 Duke forward/center Wendell Carter Jr. Thursday night. Despite heavy rumors of the team’s interest in Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr., the Bulls showed their true interest by their actions.
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“My mind went blank. It was a surreal moment and something I’ve been waiting for. When I heard my name it was like wow I’m really in the NBA.” said Carter after being drafted.
While nowhere near as flashy as Porter, Carter obviously brings health to the table, as well as the old school big man commitment to the paint to compliment the shooting/finesse game of Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen. On offense he’ll thrive on back to the basket buckets and offensive rebound put-backs. On defense he has shown the promise of a good rim protector. While Carter should be a viable starting big in the league, there still remain questions on his shooting touch and ability to guard stretch big men and in some cases guards on the perimeter.
“I think even my teammates, all my teammates, weren’t able to show all their strengths,” Carter said to ESPN. “That’s just the college life. You buy into whatever college you go to. You do whatever you got to do to help the team win.”.
Overall the Bulls had a solid draft day. They were able to grab Carter and 6’7 Boise State guard/forward Chandler Hutchison to plug some positions on the team that need filling. No, these aren’t franchise altering players, but the real message is that the Bulls are committed to Markkanen as the teams centerpiece, for now at least.