The Bulls are still early in their tanking experiment (which, if the follow the Kings model, will go on indefinitely), but it’s never too early to try and identify pieces which need to be retained at any reasonable cost, and pieces that are disposable. The important pieces are part of the CORE. The non-important pieces are part of the NONCORE. So where does Wendell Carter fall in this binary scale?
ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR OF CORE STATUS
-He’s a rookie, so he’ll get better probably
-Look at those eyes
-Even if he sucks, he was a high pick, and the sunk cost fallacy will mean that he will be kept for a long time no matter what he does
-That’s not really an argument in favor of his status being CORE, though
ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR OF NONCORE STATUS
-Probably learned about defense from Jabari
-Not enough three-pointers
-The all-permeating ineptness of the Bulls organization will eventually seep into his pores, corrupting him forever
Counting up the reasons, it definitely looks like there are more reasons to consider him CORE than NONCORE. I can’t argue with math, because math always wins, so let’s announce the verdict. Wendell Carter Junior is a CORE part of the Bulls, now and in the future.