Wendell Carter

Wendell Carter Jr. looking forward to 'being more aggressive on the offensive end' in 2020

Wendell Carter Jr. looking forward to 'being more aggressive on the offensive end' in 2020

Wendell Carter Jr.'s offseason has been highly productive, as the 20-year old big man out of Duke has been sharpening his game, getting Bulls Nation fired up and doing great work in the community as he prepares for the start of the 2019-20 NBA season.

In a recent sit-down with Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson, Carter discussed what he has been working on the most, heading into a very important sophomore season with the Bulls. 

Just being more aggressive on the offensive end, I feel like defensively....I played very well on the defensive end throughout the season. I feel like offensively I deferred a lot, so this summer I just want to work on being a very capable shooter from all three levels and being able to create my own shot.

-Wendell Carter Jr.

Carter is correct that his defense was incredibly impressive for such a young player in his rookie season. He led the Bulls in 2018-19 with 1.3 blocks per game and per Basketball-Reference, had the best defensive rating on the team at 110 points allowed per 100 possesions.  

Though he only played 44 games last year (all starts), Carter's numbers and the eye test definitely show a player who will be an impact player on the defensive end for a very, very long time. That is why his highly accurate assessment of his offensive weaknesses is so encouraging.

He stated that he wants to be more aggressive on offense and indeed Carter's 12 field goal attempts per 36 minutes ranked a lowly 11th on the Bulls last season. This was despite the fact that Carter's offensive rating (107) would suggest that he was one of the seven best offensive players on the team in terms of efficiency. 

Becoming more proficient in terms of shot creation will allow Carter to take advantage of the many defense-averse bigs in the league, putting less pressure on frontcourt partner Lauri Markkanen.

Carter mentioned becoming 'a very capable shooter from all three levels' as being of major importance to him and those words are sure to put a smile on the faces of Bulls fans everywhere. The ability to step out and hit a perimeter jump shot was one of the primary points of interest for Carter coming into the 2018 NBA Draft. In his lone season at Duke, Carter shot 41.3 percent on 46 total 3-point attempts. In his rookie season with the Bulls, he hit a paltry 18.8 percent of his 32 (total) attempts from 3-point range. 

Whether it was by instruction or his choice, the 3-point shot was in no way a weapon for Carter in the 2018-19 season. With a new coaching staff in place around Jim Boylen and an even more motivated Carter, it sounds like we can expect a well-rounded season from the Bulls starting center in 2019-20. 

See the full Scoop B-Wendell Carter Jr. interview here.

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Wendell Carter Jr. is fired up to start the NBA season: 'I’m ready to give this city my blood, sweat, and tears'

Wendell Carter Jr. is fired up to start the NBA season: 'I’m ready to give this city my blood, sweat, and tears'

Wendell Carter Jr. is a 20-year old professional athlete entering his second NBA season but from the way he carries himself, you would think he was a 10-year veteran. Carter took to Instagram on Thursday night to let Bulls Nation know how pumped he is to get back to work and get the Bulls back on the right track.

Carter stated that he is "wiser, stronger, and a better basketball player" as he enters his sophomore season, which would certainly be a huge boost for a Bulls team that is now without the veteran presence of center Robin Lopez. 

Things went well for Carter last year, right up until his season-ending left thumb injury suffered on January 15. Over 44 games the big man out of Duke averaged 10.3 points, 7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

Carter posted an above-average PER of 15.2 and continually showcased the ability to breakdown what was happening in front of him on the defensive end of the floor.

As he enters his second season in the NBA, look for Carter to improve significantly due to a much-improved coaching staff, continuity at the head coaching position, better roster construction, and the most important thing, his intense desire to turn the Bulls into a winning organization. 

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Wendell Carter Jr., NBA Cares host court restoration event that honors slain teenager Darius Brown

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Wendell Carter Jr., NBA Cares host court restoration event that honors slain teenager Darius Brown

On Saturday NBA Cares, jr. NBA, EA Sports, Wendell Carter Jr., Complex and artist Hebru Brantley teamed up to renovate the  MetCalfePark basketball court in honor of slain teenager Darius Brown, who was fatally shot and killed on August 3, 2011. 

The court was re-designed with Brantley's FlyBoy character as the centerpiece.

The FlyBoy character represents “hope and optimism that makes people believe that no matter where they are from, no matter what their circumstances, anything is possible."

The event hosted by NBA Cares—and also a part of Complex Community Week—featured Wendell Carter Jr. conversing with the kids and helping "Slam Dunking Science Teacher "Jonathan Clark with an awesome dunking display for the kids. 

Metcalfe Park's (43rd State) new look is amazing and the FlyBoy image serves as the perfect image for the court.

As Hebru Brantley states, "FlyBoy is about taking flight and believing in yourself enough to reach your true potential."

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