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 four-year, $50 million contract extension with the Magic in October of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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). 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.

Posts 19 in return as starter
COrlando Magic
January 24, 2022
Carter amassed 19 points (8-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-4 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 28 minutes during Sunday's 114-95 victory over the Bulls.
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After playing from the bench in his return from a hamstring injury, Wendell put up a nice stat line in the decisive victory. When healthy, the Magic look much better than their 9-39 record might indicate, but the team has had the longest docket on the NBA injury report for most of the season. Carter can now safely return to starting lineups in most fantasy formats.
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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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Rejoins starting five
COrlando Magic
January 23, 2022
Carter will start at power forward in Sunday's game against the Bulls.
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Productive despite bench role
COrlando Magic
January 22, 2022
Carter (hamstring) closed with 19 points (6-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-8 FT), five rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal over 19 minutes during Friday's 116-105 loss to the Lakers.
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On minutes limit off bench
COrlando Magic
January 21, 2022
Carter (hamstring) will come off the bench with a minutes limit Friday against the Lakers, Dante Marchitelli of Bally Sports Florida reports.
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Probable Friday
COrlando Magic
Hamstring
January 20, 2022
Carter (hamstring) is probable for Friday's game against the Lakers.
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Out Wednesday
COrlando Magic
Hamstring
January 19, 2022
Carter (hamstring) is out Wednesday against the 76ers.
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