Wendell Carter Jr.
Wendell Carter Jr.
20-Year-Old CenterC
Chicago Bulls
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Carter's rookie campaign was cut short by injury, with the seventh overall pick appearing in just 44 games. He started each one, however, seeing 25.2 minutes per contest. While his season averages don't jump off the page, a deeper look reveals why he's considered a promising young center. Carter racked up seven double-doubles, three 20-point games, nine performances with double-digit boards, and seven outings with three or more blocks. He demonstrated his full skillset against the Nuggets in late October, dropping 25 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two threes and a combined six steals/blocks in 38 minutes. The Bulls will be looking for Carter to showcase those skills even more in 2019-20, as Robin Lopez has moved on to Milwaukee, making Carter the clear-cut option at center. It seems likely Carter will see 30-plus minutes per contest, and he averaged 13.5 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and a combined 2.6 blocks/steals when seeing minutes in the 30s last year. But fantasy owners should remain patient with Carter, as he'll be entering just his age 20 season in 2019-20. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $9.64 million contract with the Bulls in July of 2018. Bulls exercised $5.45 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019.
Deemed available
CChicago Bulls
December 13, 2019
Carter (abdomen/tailbone/head) will be available for Friday's game against Charlotte.
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As anticipated, Carter will be ready to roll for Friday's matchup. He figures to start and take on his usual workload.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Carter comes in at 6-foot-10 and 251 pounds with a nearly a 7-foot-5 wingspan, providing some size at center for the Bulls alongside Lauri Markkanen. Though Carter lacks elite athleticism, his versatility gives him plenty of upside. The rookie can finish in the pick-and-roll, catch-and-shoot threes, work in the post and make good passes. He was also an impressive rebounder at Duke, posting 13.5 boards per 40 minutes. Defensively, Carter's size should help him hold his own in the post, while his quick feet and long arms could help him make switches on the perimeter. He looked more than comfortable during five summer league tilts, averaging 14.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.4 combined blocks/steals and 1.6 assists while shooting 55.1 percent from the field and going 3-of-7 from beyond the arc. Carter also contributed to the overall success of the team, ending up with a plus-31.8 net rating. It’s unclear if he'll be the team’s starting center from Day 1, but it would be surprising if he doesn't at least split time at the position with Robin Lopez.
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Probable Friday
CChicago Bulls
Abdomen
December 12, 2019
Carter (abdomen/tailbone/head) is considered probable for Friday's game against the Hornets.
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Cleared to play Wednesday
CChicago Bulls
December 11, 2019
Carter (illness/thumb/tailbone) is available for Wednesday's game against the Hawks.
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Probable for Wednesday
CChicago Bulls
Illness
December 10, 2019
Carter is probable for Wednesday's game against Atlanta due to illness, a left thumb sprain and a bruised tailbone.
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Grabs 10 rebounds
CChicago Bulls
December 9, 2019
Carter had seven points (2-3 FG, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds and one steal in 40 minutes during Sunday's 110-105 overtime loss at Miami.
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Double-doubles in win
CChicago Bulls
December 5, 2019
Carter recorded 16 points (5-8 FG, 0-1 3pt, 6-8 FT), 13 rebounds and four blocks across 32 minutes in Wednesday's win over Memphis.
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