Latest posts by Ashish Mathur (see all)
- Nuggets’ Thomas joins Hart to talk Celtics, Cavs - September 11, 2018
- Sources: Celtics’ Irving, Hayward ‘look impressive’ in pickup play - September 7, 2018
- Griffin suggests Cavs’ Smith hasn’t been motivated to stay in shape - September 7, 2018
CHICAGO — Bulls general manager Gar Forman is satisfied with what he saw from first-round picks Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison in Summer League play and thinks both players will be valuable additions to the team.
The Bulls selected Carter Jr. with the seventh overall pick and Hutchison with the 22nd pick.
Carter Jr. finished Summer League with averages of 14.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocks, shooting 55.1 percent from the field. He showed great patience and footwork while operating in the post and will add rim protection to the Bulls’ defense.
Hutchison, meanwhile, averaged 11.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He shot 50 percent from beyond the arc.
“What I’ve been impressed with is Wendell is a very instinctive player on both ends,” Forman told K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. “A lot of times you talk about instincts offensively. But he’s got really good defensive instincts — recognizing plays, reacting to situations, coming from the weak side to help. We thought he’d be a plus defender because he’s got size, mobility and length. But Duke played a lot of zone in college. So we were speculating he’d make that adjustment with his tools.
“Chandler has been up-and-down. But just watching him play-make, handle (the ball) in the open floor, push it out, has been encouraging. He’s been a little hesitant with his shot. But that will come. We need to get more guys who can playmake off the bounce. And as he matures, I think he’ll be able to do that.”
The Bulls appear to be trying to speed up their rebuild. The franchise signed Chicago native Jabari Parker to a two-year, $40 million deal Saturday.
Forman says creating a culture of winning and player development is what’s important to him and the rest of the organization.
“Next season is about continuing to grow, continuing to add to the core,” Forman said. “We want to create a culture where they’re improving. We obviously want player development emphasized.”