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Bulls’ Wendell Carter Jr. would love to be teammates with 1 of Duke’s stars, but not via tanking

Wendell Carter Jr., Bulls

Chicago Bulls rookie big man Wendell Carter Jr. knows that the three freshmen at Duke University are special and going to be NBA players most likely next season.

Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish and R.J. Barrett put on a show Tuesday night against Kentucky, and NBA scouts had to be drooling over how good the three freshmen looked.

Barrett scored 33 points, Williamson added 28 and Reddish racked up 22 in Duke’s 118-84 blowout win over Kentucky at the Champions Classic. It was the most points a John Calipari-coached Kentucky team has ever given up.

Wendell Carter Jr. played his college ball at Duke as well. The 19-year-old would love it if the Bulls were able to draft one of the three phenoms, but says he doesn’t want to tank and lose games for that to happen.

Williamson, Reddish and Barrett are going to be lottery picks in the 2019 NBA Draft. The Bulls aren’t projected to make the playoffs this season. Even though the players and organization aren’t going to lose games on purpose, the Bulls might be a lottery team regardless.

Chicago is 3-8 on the season. Wendell Carter Jr., who had a strong Summer League showing, is averaging 11.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 blocks per game this season. The 6-foot-10 center is shooting 44.2 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 81.3 percent from the free-throw line.