Every game brings a new experience for Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. Om det er at spille mot et historisk…
Every game brings a new experience for Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. Om det er at spille mot et historisk lag (The Warriors) eller matchende opp imod stjerner (Nuggets center Nikola Jokic på onsdag bliver det nyeste eksemplet), Carter kan anvende noget fra hver udseende.
“Der er kun så meget film kan gøre, når du get in the game with a certain player, “said Carter, who had 25 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks in the Bulls’ 108-107 OT loss to Denver. ” You’re not going to know every move he’s going to do or what he’s going to do every time he comes out, if he’s going to be hot making all his shots. The movie helps a little bit, but being on the court is a whole different [thing]. “
The matchup with Jokic was just another early test for Carter, who has also faced Joel Embiid of the 76ers and Andre Drummond of the Pistons.
“You can tell he’s getting more comfortable every time he steps on the floor,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “The great thing about Wendell ̵
1; you could see it the first day that we saw him on the floor – is at han ikke kommer til å gå ned fra nogen. Han tar disse utfordringer på hovedet, og han lærer fra hver erfaring at han har på jorden mot alle disse bigs som har forskellige skill sets. ”
While Carter has been able to learn, Michael Porter Jr., a player some wanted the Bulls to take last June, is still waiting for his chance.
Expected to be one of the top college players last season, Porter only appeared in three games for Missouri after undergoing back surgery in November 2017. Doubts about Porter’s health hurt his draft stock, dropping him to No. 14, where the Nuggets scooped him up after teams passed on him despite his high ceiling. Porter then had a second surgery in July, has not played this season and does not have a timetable for a return.
Carter, meanwhile, is showing growth.
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In a lost cause against the Warriors, Carter had 18 points. Two days earlier against the Hawks, Carter had his first double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
“Each game, I’m finding my spots on the court, getting more comfortable on the court, and my teammates are having more trust in me, “Carter said.
At the end of the shootaround, Lauri Markkanen was seen chatting with Hoiberg. Markkanen, who injured his right elbow during practice Sept. 27, has not played this season and was expected to be out six to eight weeks.
So what were they talking about? Hoiberg said there was no target date for Markkanen’s season debut, but he’s still two to four weeks away from returning.
“We were talking about fishing,” he deadpanned.
] Markkanen is on the running track to do straight-line running after being on a treadmill and a bike last week. He’s getting back into the weight room and has done lower-body work and is starting to do some upper-body training, as well.
“He’s still a couple of weeks away from really doing anything as far as contact, but it is good to see him uping his activity, “Hoiberg said.
Another injured Bull, Denzel Valentine (left ankle), will get a scan Thursday.