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Former Bull Bobby Portis says Wendell Carter Jr. is ‘a hard worker’ who dedicates himself to the game

Wendell Carter Jr., Bulls

New York Knicks power forward Bobby Portis says Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. is “a hard worker” who dedicates himself to the game.

Portis and Carter were teammates last season on the Bulls before Chicago traded Portis to the Washington Wizards. Portis signed with the Knicks this summer in free agency.

“He’s a hard worker, puts the time in,” Portis told Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Heavy. “One thing about basketball guys, you put the time in and dedicate yourself to the game, you’re always going to rise to the top and I feel like he’s one of those guys.”

Wendell Carter Jr. averaged 10.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists last season in 44 games for the Bulls while shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 79.5 percent from the free-throw line. He had season-ending surgery on his thumb and surgery to repair an abdominal muscle injury this summer.

The Bulls’ roster is headlined by Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter, Kris Dunn and rookie guard Coby White. Chicago acquired Porter from the Wizards in the Bobby Portis-Jabari Parker trade last season.

Carter has all the tools to be an All-NBA defender. His offensive game is still very raw, but like Portis says, the youngster is a hard worker who will put the time in the gym to get better.