Chicago Bulls: Wendell Carter Jr. displays improved shooting range

Wendell Carter Jr., Chicago Bulls Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports
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Near the end of group workouts/training camp, Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. looked to have improved his shooting from range.

Conclusion of training camp/voluntary group workouts was this week for the Chicago Bulls. At least most of the team was able to get together for a few weeks of group basketball activities at the Advocate Center. This was the first group practice for the Bulls as nearly a complete team since the pause was first put in place back in mid-March in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

It was good to see the Bulls young core in particular get back at it in group workouts. Key pieces of the young core like power forward Lauri Markkanen, point guard Coby White, and center Wendell Carter Jr. were all back in action in practice the last few weeks.

Markkanen and Carter Jr. in particular were important to watch in workouts since they dealt with a few injury issues since the turn of the calendar year. There is also a lot of pressure on the likes of Markkanen to bounce back heading into the final year of his rookie contract.

Meanwhile, hopefully next season is where we finally get that big leap from WCJ to the point where he could at least be qualified as a quality starter or look to be on a real path to stardom. He has yet to show that ability consistently as of yet.

WCJ did look good in a few of the highlights that were posted of him on the Bulls social media pages during group workouts. Even prior to the start of voluntary group workouts last month, there were videos popping up on social media and YouTube of WCJ showing off improved range (or at least that’s what it looked like in the highlight videos).

He is a really versatile offensive talent. WCJ has a natural fundamental shooting ability. The coaching staff just needs to let him naturally increase his shooting range more often in games when he’s open. He should also be allowed to further use his court vision from places on offense outside of the paint.

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During the shortened 2019-20 regular season with the Bulls, WCJ played in 43 games (starting in all of them). He averaged 11.3 points per game, 9.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks. WCJ shot 53.4 percent from the field, 20.7 percent from beyond the arc, and 73.7 percent from the free-throw line.