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Carter or Bamba?

Along with many others, I have to agree that Wendall Carter is looking like an extremely valuable front court player for the Bulls. The initial knocks on him During the draft process were that he did not have the foot speed to defend at a high-level on switches, or the perimeter, in the pros. He arrived to Las Vegas in fantastic shape, and has put on show on both sides of the floor.

Most reviews on Bamba have been positive… But considering how good Carter has looked these two have the makings of a great debate on who should’ve been picked where for many years to come.

I loved Carter heading into the draft, and although I’ve had my fair share of miscalculations I feel pretty good about going out on a limb with him thus far.

So, who do you guys think ultimately will have the better career, Carter or Bamba?


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Its really hard to say.

Its really hard to say. Bamba's potential is so high due to his length but Carter is the better player right now and also has considerably high upside.

Carter seems to be a high iq big that plays within himself and within the team concept. He has all the skills and athletic abillity you want from a modern bigman but you just dont see him forcing plays to show off these skills like you do other bigs. He's a solid tough body as well and is very strong. I dont ever see him being a 1st option or ball dominant because he seems to be unselfish and willing to do things to support his team similar to Al Horford.

Bamba is still very raw. He gets pushed around often and its noticable when he sets screens and attempts box outs. Playing behind Vucevic maybe the best thing for half a season or so until trade deadline so he can get on a real nutrition diet and NBA workout regiment and try to gain 10-15 pounds of muscle in the next 6 months. You dont wanna play him 30 minutes a game and also have him grinding at 100% in the weightroom all week he'll get injured he's still a kid.

Mo is also raw from an ball IQ perspective though. He's a bright kid and should figure it out but he seemed lost on offense at times. However his upside is really high. I would probably give him a 97 potential rating.

I'd personally take Bamba because his wingspan/shooting combination has the potential to bring something the NBA has never seen before. It has a slight chance to be league changing which is whats needed to beat the Warriors or Lebron.

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I love Carter, he really

I love Carter, he really shows great skill, smarts, toughness, versatility, he can shoot with range,, he's quickler than people think, can play D outside & inside. IMO he is the more sure thing.

I really like Bamba, he too has great potential but it will take a while for him to develop. How good he becomes could depend on his work ethic.

Both will be fun and interesting to watch grow & develop.

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Better career...

Depends on Situation who gets the better break as they have both gone to disfunctional orginisations..

So it really comes down to what system is run to maximize both talents...

I could see Carter looking better initially due to looking more physically developed and having a better system for him.

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Bamba who will need to at least get to Gobert size(weight wise) and maybe a more uptempo system..Before you get to see his full strengths being displayed.

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Real Upside

Does Bamba have more upside though? For me, his upside is totally predicated on him developing an above average jump shot all the way to 3 and gaining 20+ lbs of muscle in order to not just be a dunk target a la Shawn Bradley (although Bradley was a great rim protector he couldnt do much else).

Carter, on the other hand, is ALREADY a high level jump shooter and one on one post defender, with above average passing, game feel and shot blocking, not to mention he's almost a full year younger than Bamba.

I feel as if Carter's "upside" is being wildly undervalued compared to Mo's at this point in time.

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I feel like Bamba's 7'10

I feel like Bamba's 7'10 wingspan along with his quickness and shooting abillity could potentially something to the league never seen before. Its a game changer. I'd rather take a risk on that potential then go for Wendell Carter Jr. who seems like he will be a great player in his own right. 2018 go big or go home.

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I understand the Dream of a

I understand the Dream of a quicker Gobert who drains 3's; I just think its a long shot.

Watch this comment make me look like an Idiot in 3 years as Mo Better Bamba is averaging 20/12/2 with 4 blocks and 3 threes a game.

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