Lexluthor wrote:I was never impressed by Wendell Carter when he was at Duke . It was just an awful Draft pick
Hindsight is 20/20 only because we get to see how these prospects developed.
In college, WC:
TS % 62.8
3 PT % 41.3
...in very limited minutes (26.9 per game), in his freshman season, playing second fiddle to Bagley.
From there, Carter basically took a dive after his rookie season with us, focusing on developing his strength at the very sharp cost of his speed, which was already average to begin with and now, after that initial burst of excitement in Orlando, he's gone back to falling off the edge. Carter was a strong bet. At the time he was a much better bet than MPJ because, as Doug said, most prospects with injury issues usually bust or have short lived careers before they get hurt again. And, although MPJ traveled a long painful number of years to beat the bust label, there's no proof that he won't reinjure his back at some point in the future and be out of the NBA.
The most important thing you say is the bulking up was bad for him because he lost his speed because of it.
This is a problem that all Bulls have had during the garpax era. They always wanted every player to bulk up. It costed us Rose and maybe a championship with him. Jo too, Luol, Lauri definitely, WCJ, you name them.
Speed is way more important than bulk. Especially for guys that live from their speed.
I hope the new guys will put way more emphasis on speed and quickness instead of plodding bulk. Strength is nice, but not the bulky kind of strength.
You can see it with Lauri being too big, he got slow from all the weight and he isn't the guy to bang around, you need him lean and quick so he may have a chance to make a quick move. Instead he can't move his too heavy body around a slow center.
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