Wendell Carter Jr. impressing in NBA Summer League

Wendell Carter Jr. impressing in NBA Summer League

With the seventh pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls may have landed the perfect compliment to Lauri Markkanen — the franchise’s most promising piece heading into the 2018-19 season — in Wendell Carter Jr.

Carter Jr., only 19 years old, was impressive in his NBA Summer League debut — scoring, rebounding, contesting shots and more.

It was only one game, but plenty of people had hopped aboard the Carter Jr. train.

Though overshadowed by Marvin Bagley III (picked by the Sacramento Kings with the second pick in the 2018 NBA Draft) reclassifying and joining him at Duke last season, Carter Jr. had been a highly-touted prospect of his own for some time. In the 2017 high school class, Carter Jr. was a McDonald’s All-American and a top-ten overall prospect.

The Bulls lost their second Summer League game to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night and Carter Jr. put up a modest nine points.

He did have a highlight-worthy block, though, that further shows how he is an ideal big man in the evolving NBA — one that can stretch the floor with shooting, but can also protect the rim.

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