Wendell Carter
Wendell Carter
20-Year-Old CenterC
Chicago Bulls
GTD
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 2/20/2020
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.
Hoping to return Thursday
CChicago Bulls
Ankle
February 14, 2020
Carter (ankle) hopes to play in the first game after the All-Star break Thursday against the Hornets, Jamal Collier of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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The 20-year-old has been sidelined since Jan. 6 due to the right ankle sprain and is sitting out Friday night's Rising Stars Challenge, but he may be able to retake the court for the Bulls after an 18-game absence. Carter's availability at practice next week will provide a better idea of whether he'll be cleared to begin the second half on the court.
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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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Will sit through All-Star break
CChicago Bulls
Ankle
February 5, 2020
The NBA announced last week that Carter (ankle) won't be available for the United States squad in the Feb. 14 Rising Stars Challenge, Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago reports. The press release notes that Carter isn't expected to return to game action for the Bulls until after the All-Star break.
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Timetable emerges
CChicago Bulls
Ankle
January 9, 2020
Carter is expected to remain sidelined for the next 4-to-6 weeks due to a severe right ankle sprain, Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports.
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Expected to miss weeks
CChicago Bulls
Ankle
January 9, 2020
Carter (ankle) was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and is likely to miss multiple weeks, per Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Won't play Wednesday
CChicago Bulls
Ankle
January 7, 2020
Carter (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday' game at New Orleans, Chuck Swirsky of the Bulls Radio Network reports.
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Diagnosed with ankle sprain
CChicago Bulls
Ankle
January 6, 2020
Carter won't return to Monday's game against Dallas after suffering a right ankle sprain, Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports.
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