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Bulls’ Wendell Carter Jr. wants to be a ‘very capable shooter’ next season

Wendell Carter Jr., Bulls

Nowadays, it seems like every player in the NBA is working on their 3-point shot. Count Chicago Bulls big man Wendell Carter as the newest member on the list of developing shooters.

In an interview with Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson, the Bulls sophomore claimed that becoming a better shooter was the main focus for him this offseason.

“Just being more aggressive on the offensive end,” Carter Jr. told Scoop B Radio. I feel like defensively I played very well on the defensive end throughout the season. I feel like offensively I deferred a lot. So this summer I want to work on being a very capable shooter from all three levels and being able to create my own shot.”

Carter Jr. put forth some impressive stats in his rookie year. In 44 games with the Bulls, he averaged 10.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 blocks per contest. However, there was a black hole on his stat line: Carter Jr. shot only 18.8 percent from beyond the arc, not nearly good enough to even warrant guarding him at the 3-point line.

Now, the Bulls big man will look to make defenses respect him when he stands 25 feet from the basket. A positive sign for the Duke product is that he shot 41.3 percent from downtown in college, albeit on only 1.2 attempts per game.

When the 2019-20 campaign begins, we’ll get to see if Wendell Carter Jr. can find the touch he had while playing with the Blue Devils and put that terrible shooting percentage behind him.