1. Wendell Carter Jr., Center
For the second year in a row, the 6-foot-9 and 260 pound sizable former Duke Blue Devils center Wendell Carter Jr. dealt with injury problems that kept him out of a good bulk of the regular season. Due to an ankle sprain he suffered in a road loss to the Dallas Mavericks back in January, Carter Jr. missed more than 20 games for the Bulls in the current season.
Carter Jr. played in 43 games (starting in all of them) for the Bulls this season. And he averaged 11.3 points per game, 9.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks. He shot 53.4 percent from the field, 20.7 percent from beyond the arc, and 73.7 percent from the free-throw line. That resulted in an effective field goal percentage of 54.2 (one of the five best on the team this season).
Moreover, WCJ also registered one of the best true shooting percentages on the team this season, at 59.0. Improved shooting from inside the three-point arc along with better shot selection and improving mechanics overall helped WCJ to become one of the most underrated in this department on the team in his second season.
There were a few areas in which Carter Jr. stood out this season compared to the NBA average. Field goal percentage and two-point shooting percentage are obviously going to be better for him than the average player due to his average field goal attempt coming at six-feet from the rim. But he was three percent better than the league average in effective field goal percentage, five percent better in true shooting, and 72 percent better in free-throw attempt rate.