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NBA 2018 Draft Review: 5 disappointing rookies from the class of 2018

Shubham Pant
Top 5 / Top 10
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#4 Wendell Carter Jr (Chicago Bulls)

The Chicago Bulls were pleased to draft Carter this season
The Chicago Bulls were pleased to draft Carter this season

Wendell Carter Jr. was considered one of the most well rounded and NBA-ready players in the 2018 NBA draft and was selected No. 7 by the Chicago Bulls.

The 6 foot 10 forward had a 7 and a half feet wingspan, making him capable of defending the interior even without his lack of height.

He was considered an ideal stretch center in the league as Carter had demonstrated a solid 3 point shot during his time in the college.

Carter had an amazing showing in the NBA Summer League as well, making the Bulls dream of a great frontcourt pairing with Lauri Markkanen.

But he was slow out of the gates at the start of the season, not showing much of an offensive game even with Lauri injured for a while. Wendell Carter was a superb rim protector and was a solid interior defensive presence.

Carter could only manage 44 games this season for the Bulls and has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a thumb injury. In the 44 games he played, Carter averaged 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks a game.

He was not able to shoot from beyond the 3 and barely took any shots as well. He shot 48% from the field, which shows Wendell Carter needs to improve on his shot selection and accuracy as he could be doing so much more for the Bulls, given the lack of competition.