3. Wendell Carter Jr.
Another former member of the Bulls’ frontcourt is Wendell Carter Jr., the new starting center for the Orlando Magic. Carter was a piece in the blockbuster trade the Bulls made to land Nikola Vucevic, the effects of which are still hurting the team to this day.
Wendell was the second of three straight 7th overall picks, a stretch that included Lauri Markkanen, Carter Jr., and Coby White. Carter has been really solid for the Magic since the trade, averaging 15.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in his two full seasons with the team. The Duke product is shooting the ball well and has even become a serviceable three-point shooter. This season, he was taking just under 4 threes a game and shot 35.6% from deep.
Wendell Carter Jr.’s drastic improvement after leaving the Bulls is definitely cause for concern.
Carter has been a beast on the boards, and this has even translated into helping the Magic win games even at a time winning isn’t a priority for Orlando.
Carter has been able to get it done on both sides of the ball, being adept in the pick-and-roll and protecting the paint.
The improvement that Carter has seen in the 2.5 seasons since leaving Chicago has been remarkable, and it is proving that the Bulls likely lost the Vucevic trade, especially considering the solid center that the Bulls had under their nose.