Wendell Carter suffered an apparent knee injury and needed a wheelchair to get to the Magic locker room.
Prayers up for Wendell 🙏🏽pic.twitter.com/ximcZUBeem
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) December 18, 2021
Carter went down in a non-contact fashion that is usually the sign of a long-term injury. The fact that he couldn't leave the court under his own power only added to those thoughts. Carter is in the midst of a breakout season for the Magic and was just signed to a four-year, $50 million fully guaranteed contract extension two months ago.
On the year, Carter is averaging thirteen points and ten rebounds per night while also hitting 50 percent of his field goals and 35 percent of his threes. Orlando will have a big hole to fill on their roster if Carter does indeed have a major knee injury. The Magic are already one of the worst teams in the entire NBA at 5-24 and are going to be forced to play an even younger team than the one they currently field.
Who knows? Paul Pierce infamously left in a wheelchair and then came back in the same game…but this doesn't seem like that kind of situation at all. Carter seemed to be in a great deal of pain and in this day and age of social media, the Magic team doctors were surely using the wheelchair as a means of last resort to protect Carter from speculation. The fact that they couldn't get him off the court without it is a very telling sign. Prayers up for Wendell.