Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. on Tuesday was named to the NBA’s Summer League first team, as voted on by media members.
Carter, who was drafted No. 7 last month, averaged 14.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game in Las Vegas. The Bulls, who were eliminated from Summer League tournament by the Pistons, finished 3-2 in Las Vegas.
Coach Fred Hoiberg told the Tribune that Carter’s first team recognition is “well deserved.”
“I think Wendell had a great summer league,” Hoiberg said. “I thought he had a great minicamp with us before he went out there. He showed a lot of things. He showed he’s a very versatile basketball player. He showed he’s a guy who can step out on the floor and knock down the 3 and he also shows a nice touch in the paint.”
Hoiberg continued: “The play that stands out to me from the Summer League is where he pinned the ball on the backboard with two hands from behind. He really showed great defensive instincts and he gives us rim protection, which is an area we really struggled in last year.”
Carter comes to Chicago after playing one year at Duke. There, he averaged 13.5 points, 91 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.
“What I’ve been impressed with is Wendell is a very instinctive player on both ends,” Bulls general manager Gar Forman told reporters in Las Vegas. “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.”
Josh hart from the Lakers, the Knicks’ Kevin Knox, the Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton and the Bucks’ Christian Wood also received first-team honors. Hart was awarded Summer League MVP.
The Tribune does not vote on Summer League awards.
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