Wendell Carter
Wendell Carter
22-Year-Old CenterC
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Carter has struggled to make meaningful strides in his game since being selected No. 7 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft, and last season was his worst from a fantasy perspective, as the center ranked 146th on a per-game basis after managing a rank of 110th in 2019-20. He spent the first part of the season with Chicago but was dealt to Orlando at the deadline in the trade that sent Nikola Vucevic to the Bulls. He did manage to have one of the best stretches of his career while with the Magic, however. In 11 games to start April, he averaged 15.4 points on 56.2 percent shooting, 9.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.1 combined steals-plus-blocks. That said, plenty of players have great 10-game stretches, and Carter hasn't shown us many of the things scouts praised him for, including playmaking ability and three-point potential. He's averaged just 2.2 assists per 36 minutes for his career, and he's a woeful 27-for-112 (24.1 percent) from distance. He's even been rough from the mid-range, with Carter shooting just 60-of-161 (37.3 percent) on non-paint two-pointers. With Orlando in the midst of a rebuild, Carter will continue having opportunities to expand his game and be a part of the offense. However, he'll also be competing for minutes with another member of his draft class, Mo Bamba, who needs developmental time as well. Bamba has been more of a disappointment than Carter, but the organization needs to figure out sooner than later if either player is worth investing in. As a result, Carter is one of the more intriguing high-risk options in the late rounds of drafts this season. If he can truly establish himself as a better option than Bamba, Carter should be in line for 30-plus minutes consistently. If that's the case, he would be en route to finish inside the top 100. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $9.64 million contract with the Bulls in July of 2018. Bulls exercised $5.45 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019. Traded to the Magic in March of 2021.
Personal Bio

Wendell Andre Carter Jr. was born in 1999 in Atlanta to Wendell Sr. and Kylia Carter. Both parents played college basketball, while his dad was also a pro in the Dominican Republic. Carter attended the Pace Academy and posted excellent sophomore stats with averages of 21.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 4.1 blocks. He continued to develop in his junior year and ultimately led his team to a Georgia Class AA state championship thanks to 30 points and 20 rebounds. Carter dazzled as a senior with 22.7 points, 15.5 rebounds, and 5.8 blocks per game while earning several awards and accolades, including Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year and spots in the McDonald's All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic, and Nike Hoop Summit. He entered college ranked as the No. 4 recruit in the nation and chose Duke University. Carter has represented the USA and won gold at both the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship. You can follow him on Twitter (@wendellcarter34) and Instagram (@wendellcarterjr).

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Playing for a star-studded Duke squad in 2017-18, it was somewhat easy for Carter to get lost in the shuffle. The 6-foot-10 forward had a fine season by averaging 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks, but he was fourth on the squad in scoring behind fellow freshmen Marvin Bagley III and Gary Trent Jr., as well as senior Grayson Allen. Carter had 16 double-doubles and four games where he scored at least 20 points, but he also provided consistent defense in the paint with eight games of four blocks or more. The Atlanta native had a season-high 27 points in the win over Evansville in December. The Blue Devils fell somewhat short of expectations in March. The team lost to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament and Carter was held to nine points and eight rebounds. For most teams, advancing to the Elite Eight would be great, but Duke was unable to beat Kansas. In the run, Carter had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the Sweet 16 win over Syracuse. After the season, Carter joined almost all of his teammates by heading to the NBA.

Officially out Sunday
COrlando Magic
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May 16, 2021
Carter (eye) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 76ers.
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Coach Steve Clifford said before Sunday's game that Carter "probably" wouldn't play, so his inactive status is relatively unsurprising. Mo Bamba will start and could take on an increased role Sunday.
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2020

Carter spent the 2020-21 season between the Bulls and Magic. He appeared in 32 games (25 starts) with the Bulls. There, he saw 24.8 minutes per game and averaged 10.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists. On March 25, he was traded by the Bulls with Otto Porter and two first-round picks to the Magic for Nikola Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu. Carter made his Magic debut three days later against the Lakers. He played 20 minutes and recorded eight points, eight rebounds and one steal. Overall with the Magic, the center started 19 of his 22 appearances and averaged 11.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 26.5 minutes. Between both teams, he shot 50.3 percent from the field and 73.2 percent from the charity stripe while going 15-for-51 (29.4%) from distance. Carter had 13 double-doubles. Arguably his best performance of the season was Dec. 27 against the Warriors. In 31 minutes, he posted 22 points (8-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-8 FT), 13 rebounds and four assists. The following month, Carter set three career highs. On Jan. 6 against the Kings, he grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds. Two days later against the Lakers, he scored a career-high 23 points. On Jan. 17 against the Mavericks, Carter got a career-high five steals.

2019

Carter appeared in 43 out of 65 possible games for the Bulls during the shortened 2019-20 season. He started all 43 of those games. The big post player averaged per-game career highs in points (11.3), rebounds (9.4) and steals (0.8) over 29.2 minutes per game in what was his second season in the Association. Carter also averaged 1.2 assists and 0.8 blocks per contest. He ranked 15th in the NBA in total rebound percentage (17.8). The Duke product shot career highs in both field-goal percentage (53.4) and three-point percentage (20.7) while also shooting 73.7 percent from the free-throw line. On Nov. 9 against the Rockets, Carter set a new single-game career high with 16 rebounds. In that game, he also posted 13 points (5-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two assists and two blocks. Carter's best performance of the season was Oct. 28 against the Knicks. In 28 minutes, he double-doubled via a season-high 20 points (7-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 10 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal. For the season, Carter gathered 17 double-doubles. The big center missed 22 straight games in January and February due to an ankle injury. He returned to action on Feb. 29 and was able to start six straight games before the pandemic sports stoppage on Mar. 11.

2018

Thumb surgery ended Carter's rookie campaign after just 44 games, but prior to the injury, Carter showed he was a difference-maker for the Bulls. The No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft started every game of his freshman season and averaged north of 25 minutes per night. Carter quickly proved to be a high-end inside point producer, rebounder and defender, averaging 10.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He generated double-digit boards on nine separate occasions and cracked the 20-point mark three times, including a season-high 28 points against the Pistons on Nov. 30. Carter posted seven double-doubles, including Nov. 9, when he pulled down a season-high 16 rebounds to accompany 13 points and two blocks. He even made six 3-pointers on the season. The young center is a legitimate two-way threat who shot impressively from both the field (48.5 percent) and the line (79.5 percent).

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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A nagging ankle injury that sidelined him nearly two months and the shortened regular season cost Carter some valuable development time during the 2019-20 campaign, but the 2018 seventh overall pick still showed some encouraging signs of improvement. Carter finished with averages of 11.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 53.4 percent overall across 29.2 minutes over 43 games. Carter's scoring and rebounding numbers both represented notable boosts from his rookie-season figures, and his accuracy also went up 4.9 percentage points. Nevertheless, Carter still has plenty of room for improvement in his offensive efficiency, considering he's yet to even match the 56.1 percent success rate from the floor he mustered during his one college season at Duke. A clean bill of health could certainly help make a difference for the 21-year-old, who could undoubtedly benefit from all the reps he can get given he's played only 87 total games at the NBA level over his first two seasons. One factor in Carter's favor in the coming season should be continuity, as he's projected to play alongside the same first-unit mates he did last season. That quartet of Coby White, Zach LaVine, Otto Porter and Lauri Markkanen will certainly command plenty of usage on the offensive end, but Carter figures to still be a solid option near the basket and serve as an above-average rebounder.
Carter's rookie campaign was cut short by injury, with the seventh overall pick appearing in just 44 games. He started each one, however, seeing 25.2 minutes per contest. While his season averages don't jump off the page, a deeper look reveals why he's considered a promising young center. Carter racked up seven double-doubles, three 20-point games, nine performances with double-digit boards, and seven outings with three or more blocks. He demonstrated his full skillset against the Nuggets in late October, dropping 25 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two threes and a combined six steals/blocks in 38 minutes. The Bulls will be looking for Carter to showcase those skills even more in 2019-20, as Robin Lopez has moved on to Milwaukee, making Carter the clear-cut option at center. It seems likely Carter will see 30-plus minutes per contest, and he averaged 13.5 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and a combined 2.6 blocks/steals when seeing minutes in the 30s last year. But fantasy owners should remain patient with Carter, as he'll be entering just his age 20 season in 2019-20.
Carter comes in at 6-foot-10 and 251 pounds with a nearly a 7-foot-5 wingspan, providing some size at center for the Bulls alongside Lauri Markkanen. Though Carter lacks elite athleticism, his versatility gives him plenty of upside. The rookie can finish in the pick-and-roll, catch-and-shoot threes, work in the post and make good passes. He was also an impressive rebounder at Duke, posting 13.5 boards per 40 minutes. Defensively, Carter's size should help him hold his own in the post, while his quick feet and long arms could help him make switches on the perimeter. He looked more than comfortable during five summer league tilts, averaging 14.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.4 combined blocks/steals and 1.6 assists while shooting 55.1 percent from the field and going 3-of-7 from beyond the arc. Carter also contributed to the overall success of the team, ending up with a plus-31.8 net rating. It’s unclear if he'll be the team’s starting center from Day 1, but it would be surprising if he doesn't at least split time at the position with Robin Lopez.
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Closer to doubtful
COrlando Magic
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May 16, 2021
Carter's (eye) status remains unclear for Sunday's game against the Sixers, but coach Steve Clifford told reporters pregame that Carter "probably" won't play, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
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Questionable for Sunday
COrlando Magic
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May 15, 2021
Carter (eye) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Sixers.
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Double-double in loss
COrlando Magic
May 13, 2021
Carter registered 12 points (4-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 11 rebounds and one block in 27 minutes during Thursday's 116-93 loss to the Hawks.
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Plays 31 mintues in return Tuesday
COrlando Magic
May 11, 2021
Carter finished with eight points (3-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 14 rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes during Tuesday's 114-102 loss to the Bucks.
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Back in action Tuesday
COrlando Magic
May 11, 2021
Carter (eye) is available and starting Tuesday at Milwaukee.
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