Central Notes: Carter, Pacers, Wood, Satoransky

Second-year Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. has been shooting more readily from long range recently, according to NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson. Carter’s improved three-point shooting could help expand Chicago’s offense if the uptick in attempts and makes continues.

A 41.3% shooter during his single year at Duke, Carter is just a career 22.7% three-point shooter in the NBA on 0.7 attempts. Across his last five Bulls contests, however, he has boosted his three-point attempts to 1.2 a night. Carter made two triples last night in a 116-81 blowout over the Hawks.

There’s more out of the Central Division:

  • A pair of road losses on a Friday-and-Saturday back-to-back, to the elite Heat and the bottom-dwelling Pelicans, have revealed that the Pacers appear able to play up or down to the level of their competition, according to J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star. Michael suggests that this trend could become dangerous should it continue.
  • Pistons power forward Christian Wood, an unrestricted free agent this summer, has earned his roster spot with the Pistons, writes Keith Langlois of Pistons.com. Detroit will almost certainly guarantee Wood’s contract come January 10. Langlois observes that Wood hopes to become part of the Pistons’ future. Head coach Dwane Casey applauds Wood’s development thus far this season. “That’s what this year is about – training and growth, longer periods of sustained focus,” Casey said. “He’s showing that on both ends of the floor, not getting caught up as much in the little things that take him out of plays offensively and defensively.” 
  • Bulls point guard Tomas Satoransky, one of the team’s premium 2019 summer signings, has been finding his sweet spot in Chicago, according to K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. “I think I’ve had a lot of ups and downs this season,” Satoransky said. “I feel great. I’m more consistent [lately].” The 28 year-old inked a three-year, $30MM contract with the Bulls, though the third year is not fully guaranteed.
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6 thoughts on “Central Notes: Carter, Pacers, Wood, Satoransky

  1. stubby66

    Good for Woods. He has worked real hard the last couple of years to get better. it was too bad that the Bucks didnt have room for him and Thon Maker. Both very young and could have a bright future.

    • x%sure

      Maker used to have a future; now it’s Woods’. Woods is younger than the African claims to be, but Woods may belong on an atomized team. “Sustained focus”?– if coach says so.

      Wendell Carter was drafted high showing that he could shoot 3s in college. I wonder if his NBA coach told him to stop.

      • Chris Ekstrand

        Carter made 19 threes in 37 college games. Let’s not get carried away about the long-range shooting potential he demonstrated at Duke.

        • SheaGoodbye

          Cherry-picking at its finest. Percentages like his don’t mean that much when the sample size is so small.

          • x%sure

            The scouts say FT% is a better predictor of future NBA 3pt% than current 3pt% actually is.

            • bravesfan88

              I think you’re right about the coach telling him to stop. However, recently, Boylan has supposedly given WCJ the green light.

              So, we should look to see him be a little more aggressive, which is really good, in my opinion. Boylan, on the other hand, god awful…Then again, that isn’t news to anyone except the Bulls management../:

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