Chicago Bulls: One area every starter can improve in 2018-2019

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Centers Robin Lopez and Wendell Carter Jr.

We’ll tackle both of these guys at the same time, since I don’t see Robin Lopez lasting too long as the “starter” at center. It’s only a matter of time before Carter supplants him, but if I’m taking this segment seriously, here we go.

For Lopez, it’s simple. It’s so simple, even a rookie like Carter could probably do it better.

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See, there I go again.

Lopez needs to rebound the ball much better if he’s going to last too long as the starting center. In over 26 minutes per game last year, Lopez could only muster up four and a half rebounds per game. As a veteran big man, that’s quite disappointing. Although, he’s never been an outstanding rebounder.

Carter, on the other hand, can be just that guy. Although, he may want to take a page out of Markkanen’s book — diet and workout routine, rather. Carter is a firm-footed, textbook type of player. He’s great at doing the right thing the right way. But, if he added a bit more weight, he could be even better in all aspects.

He’s already a monster defender, proving he’ll block anybody’s shot on any given possession. But, so that he doesn’t get pushed around by guys like DeAndre Jordan among others, he’s got to add some weight to that frame.

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It’s his rookie year, so I’ll give him this season before I truly evaluate him overall. I’m excited to see him in action. I’m more excited to see him supplant Lopez, but that will come in due time.