1. Wendell Carter Jr., Center
Right out of the gates in the season that is currently placed on pause, second-year former Duke Blue Devils center Wendell Carter Jr. was red hot. But an ankle sprain limited all momentum that he had back in January. Prior to the NBA season hiatus, Carter Jr. had played in just one more game this year than he did during his rookie campaign.
Carter Jr. played in 43 games so far this season while averaging 11.3 points per game, 9.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 blocks, and 0.8 steals, while shooting 53.4 percent from the field, 20.7 percent from beyond the arc, and 73.7 percent from the charity stripe. His production and efficiency is back around the same level he was at as a rookie.
WCJ is yet another younger Bulls player and potential franchise cornerstone that should greatly benefit from having a new front office regime in town and hopefully a new head coach in place of Boylen. The current head coach was just asking WCJ to make up too much ground with his blitzing style aggressive defensive schemes. It would get WCJ in early foul trouble often this season.
Watch out for a real breakthrough from the versatile big man WCJ in his third year in the NBA. He’s starting to see his shooting range and overall offensive arsenal progress. Keep letting him make strides with his shooting range and court vision. He could turn into a real threat with the ball in his hands as a facilitator and shooter.