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Bulls star Nikola Vucevic’s message to Wendell Carter Jr. after win over Magic

Wendell Carter Jr. Nikola Vucevic Bulls Magic

The Chicago Bulls dispatched the Orlando Magic on Friday night in what was, in most respects, a mundane affair. The Bulls raced out to a double-digit lead in the second quarter and never looked back as they won handily, 123-88.

But the trip to Orlando was a homecoming for longtime Magic star Nikola Vucevic, who starred as their best player for eight plus seasons before being traded for a package which included a big man swap for Wendell Carter Jr.

Carter was the lone bright spot for the Magic against the Bulls, posting 26 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks while shooting 8-for-15 from the field. He also earned the respect and praise from Vooch after the game.

Via K.C. Johnson:

Nikola Vucevic sought out Wendell Carter Jr. postgame. Said he offered words of encouragement and praised him for working hard on his game: “I always liked his game even before when he was with the Bulls. I think he has a special future.”

Carter Jr. is in his first full season with the Magic after his three in Chicago. He’s had modest career-high jumps of 12.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists. His best improvement has been his outside stroke, as he’s shooting a stellar 40.3% on 3.8 attempts per game – both career bests by a wide margin.