DuckIII wrote: Mark K wrote:
We forget what Wendell was doing because it was so long ago.
I can't be assed (because I've forgotten how to do it) posting an image of his game log, but under Hoiberg, Wendell had a stretch of games that were damn impressive. Have a look at the game log. Under Boylen, who totally misused Carter, he didn't have a massive game like he did on several occasions under Hoiberg.https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/c/cartewe01/gamelog/2019/
Game 6-16, he was putting up double figure scoring numbers, grabbing rebounds, doing everything on the floor. And he was doing that while playing in some pretty horrible lineups with no support defensively as a 19-year-old.
I know I keep harping on about it and it's probably nauseating at this point but I'm not sure I've believed in a Bulls prospect this much since Rose. Even before Rose, going back to the Baby Bulls days, more so than Kirk, Lu and BG, I'm higher on Carter than I was those guys.
I hope I'm not wrong here, but I think the Bulls have themselves a special talent. Maybe not one who's good enough to be a focal point of a franchise, but certainly one who should spend the next 10+ years of his career being one of the smartest and complete players in the league.
I think within a couple of years we will have the best front court in the NBA. And if not the absolute best, one so close to the best that it will be a near wash. I’ve said this many times, but I consider Lauri and WCJ to be about as perfect a pairing as you are going to get in the “modern” NBA (which admittedly I consider an over-stated concept).
I am a huge believer in Lauri and WCJ. I’m higher on Lavine than the board’s generally negative view of him, but I still have some big questions. I’m high on OPJ but realize he may not be a long term player here. And I’m not sold on anything else even a tiny bit. So lots must be shown for me to believe in the expanded core.
But I’m absolutely sold on our front court. It’s a miracle return on back to back 7th picks.
wow, I find that view to be incredibly optimistic. If by a couple of years you mean 3...Giannis will be 27 with a 30 year old Middleton, Jokic will be 26 with a 31 year old Will Barton and 27 year old Jerami Grant, Karl Anthony Towns will be 26 with a 26 year old Wiggins, Embiid will be 27 with a 29 year old Harris, New Orleans will have a 22 year old Zion with a 31 year old Favors and a 24 year old Brandon Ingram, and Kawhi will be 30 with a 31 year old Paul George. Anthony Davis at 28 and Lebron at 37 might still be plugging away.
I'm high on Lauri and MCJ also, but I don't think our front court will be as good as these teams listed above. If you mean more than 5 years it could be whatever teams win the lottery the upcoming years, or the Pelicans/Thunder with all the draft picks they have.
I guess Lauri and MCJ could suprise me, but there's a lot of superstar talent in frontcourts right now.