Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. underwent a core muscle surgery in Philadelphia and will now be on a six-to-eight week rehabilitation protocol.
The Bulls made the announcement on Tuesday, citing that they expect Carter Jr. to be ready for training camp.
Bulls still maintain this surgery, for an ailment dating at least back to high school for Carter, should have no impact on his 2019-20 availability or performance. pic.twitter.com/8wOxc81Zic
— Steve Aschburner (@AschNBA) July 10, 2019
Carter Jr., the No.7 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, only played 44 games for Chicago after his season ended prematurely with a thumb injury he sustained in January. Prior to that, Carter dealt with a nagging left shoulder injury as well as a left knee issue.
Despite his short rookie year, the 20-year-old big man was extremely effective when he played. In fact, he produced 10.3 points per game, 7.o rebounds,1.8 assists and 1.3 blocks per contest. A 4.5 percent block rate and 21.8 percent defensive rebound rate are also promising for the 6-foot-10 center.
Furthermore, the Duke product posted an efficient 48.5 percent shooting clip and 79.5 percent free-throw rate.
Carter Jr. is one of the crown jewels of the Chicago Bulls’ young roster. Interestingly, in three consecutive drafts, the Bulls picked No.7 and selected Lauri Markkanen (2017), Carter (2018) and Coby White (2019).
The Bulls have a bright future, so let’s hope Wendell Carter Jr. can remain healthy enough to contribute and be part of that future.
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