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A Smarter Take On Wendell Carter’s NBA Future

This guy is a bit smarter than some we’ve seen lately.

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PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 17: Stanford Robinson #13 of the Rhode Island Rams is defended by Wendell Carter Jr #34 of the Duke Blue Devils during the second half in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 17, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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We’ve said before that people are underestimating Wendell Carter as the draft approaches.

Shane Rhodes has a better understanding than a lot of people.

Writing for Basketball Insiders, Rhodes says this: “Carter, with his combination of size and high basketball IQ, has what it takes to be a multifaceted threat on the offensive side of the ball. Not only can he post or face up on the block and back down his opponents, but Carter has soft hands, can finish near the basket with both his left and right with finesse and has a multitude of moves he can turn to should he find trouble. He is also smart enough to recognize and know where he should be on the floor and when, whether he be cutting to the basket, setting the screen for another ball handler, or otherwise.“

He also points to his passing ability, which is underrated (we sense a theme here) and a number of other skills.

Look, no player is perfect and least of all just before the draft. Everyone gets picked over and flaws are magnified.

We watched him closely for a year and the guy is far better than most people think.

Just as importantly, he’s highly intelligent and despises - really despises - not living up to his potential.

Wendell Carter will be the very last guy in the league to just show up and collect a check.

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