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Chicago Bulls 2018 draft results: It’s Wendell Carter Jr. at #7

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With the No. 7 pick in the 2018 NBA draft, your Chicago Bulls selected Wendell Carter Jr, a Freshmen Center out of Duke.

The top-6 went Ayton, Bagley, Doncic, Jackson, Young, and Bamba, with Dallas moving up from #5 to Atlanta’s #3 slot to get Doncic.

Is Carter Jr. a safe pick here?

Maybe since his floor is higher and his ceiling is lower than a lot of the other guys in the lottery. He is solid mechanically in the post, rebounds like a man possessed (9.1 boards per game), can score around the bucket with both hands, has a semblance of a jump shot (19-for-46 from 3-point land; 41.3 percent), rim protects (7.8 percent block percentage), and can defend on the perimeter.

He does everything well, but isn’t an elite scorer nor does he project as an absolute game changer defensively.

But, he’s low maintenance and projects as one of those guys that just quietly does his job on a nightly basis. He graciously played second fiddle to Marvin Bagley in college and the Bulls don’t need another player to hog shots as they continue to figure out the Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, and Zach LaVine dynamic.

A guy that can defend a little bit at the five and rebound like a madman is exactly what the Bulls need next to Markkanen, and reportedly was a priority for the Bulls heading into tonight.

For more, here is a Wendell Carter draft profile that we did recently.

The Bulls are slated to pick next at #22