Chicago Bulls: 3 players wildly disrespected in ESPN rankings

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Chicago Bulls, Wendell Carter Jr.
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Wendell Carter misses the cut

One of the players many fans are excited to see this year under new head coach Billy Donovan is the first we highlight in terms of missing the cut. 21-year-old Wendell Carter hasn’t come close to scratching the surface of his potential, and Donovan figures to be the guy to get him there.

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Last year, Carter posted averages of 11.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks while shooting over 53 percent from the field and hitting the occasional three ball. It’s interesting that a guy who nearly put up a double-double would not be counted as a top 100 player in the NBA.

A quick comparison to a big man who made the cut, likely based off just his name, is Marc Gasol, who came in at no. 96 overall. Some would say Gasol shouldn’t have made the list. Looking at his numbers, Gasol averaged 7.5 points, 6.3 boards, 3.3 assists, 0.9 blocks and 0.8 steals per game in about two and a half minutes less per game than Carter.

If we’re going off of production and not name, Carter should be ahead of Gasol — which means he makes the list.

But, because Gasol is still a bigger name, he’s there. If ESPN were going based off of production and current talent, Carter should have cracked the top 100 players, period.