Chicago Bulls: 4 cautiously optimistic predictions for 2020-2021 season

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3. Wendell Carter averages double-double on the season

This is year number three for the former Duke Blue Devil, and Wendell Carter is out to prove he’s an all-around big man in this league. Throughout preseason, head coach Billy Donovan actually encouraged Carter to take more three-pointers.

Although Carter looked comfortable from that range, he didn’t knock them down like we all would have wanted to see. Assuming he finds his groove, Carter could be in for a decent-sized lift in his production.

Last year in 43 games, Carter averaged 11.3 points and 9.4 boards, throwing in just over one assist per game while shooting 53.4 percent from the field. This season, the table is set for a season-long double-double.

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Carter has always shown the ability to be a strong and steady center in this league, but over his two years, the biggest worry has been health. If he can stay healthy and keep himself on the floor throughout the season, Carter should have no issues improving in his third year.

What should help him in a big way is the fact that the Bulls’ offense looks to be much-improved, overall. They will score a lot of points, which means they’re taking a lot of shots. The pace should be a bit quicker, so if Carter continues an upward trend, those rebounds will find themselves over 10 per game in a hurry.