Chicago Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. couldn’t give a care about his 23 point (9-for-13 from the field), six rebound, two assist, two-block performance on Tuesday night because his team lost the Summer League’s final ‘regular season’ game. His plus-minus of -13 was a heck of a lot more important to the Duke product.
But we can commend it anyway.
From accepting a secondary role to Marvin Bagley III during his one season at Duke to gushing over how excited he was to set screens in the NBA during pre-draft workouts to this latest display of selflessness, Carter Jr. is already elite at saying the right things. His basketball skills may not be far behind.
Wendell Carter Jr. highlights?— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) July 11, 2018
Wendell Carter Jr. highlights. pic.twitter.com/GaAO6vNsTW
As The Athletic’s Stephen Noh noted, the Bulls made a calculated effort to get Carter Jr. more involved offensively especially in the pick-and-roll. He can score from all three levels, can put the ball on the floor, and can score with both hands making him a difficult cover in pick-and-roll situations.
In most of the highlights involving pick-and-roll, it looks like the Atlanta Hawks are using a drop coverage which provides Carter Jr. room to maneuver once he comes off his pick and gets the ball. This coverage encourages mid-range attempts (theoretically the most inefficient shot in basketball), but Carter’s ability to hit shots from this range and/or put the ball on the floor to get to the paint neutralizes what the defense tries to accomplish.
Basically, Carter’s versatile skillset should make him a nightmare in pick-and-roll schemes once the games start to matter beginning in November.
- Chandler Hutchison had a game-high eight assists. His ability to pass out of straight-line drives to the basket has been impressive thus far.
Chandler Hutchison has displayed high-level passing vision today and all of Summer League really. Making some smart reads as a ball handler. This feed was beautiful: pic.twitter.com/YwF84ZOUhx— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) July 10, 2018
- Antonio Blakeney was better than last game but still pretty inefficient. He scored 23 points on 9-for-21 (42.9 percent) from the field in 32 minutes. Over the course of the Bulls first three games, Blakeney has commanded 27 percent of the Bulls total shots.
- You all love laughing at Ryan Arcidiacono, but he has the grit.
Arcidiacono has irritated at least one opposing player every game so far in summer league. Sexton was rolling his eyes, Mo Wagner was complaining, he and Trae Young just exchanged words. Opposing players do not like his defensive energy.— Stephen Noh (@StephNoh) July 10, 2018
All the teams will now be seeded based on their record in their games thus far and play in a massive tournament.
For the Bulls, it’s NBA Summer League championship or bust.
Summer League is meaningless and dumb except for when the guy my favorite team picked looks good and then it's a surefire sign of future HOFness.— Yaya Dubin (@JADubin5) July 11, 2018