What NBA scouts are saying about Magic center Wendell Carter Jr.’s future

By Josh Robbins Sep 9, 2021

The Orlando Magic front office has created an opportunity for itself that is all too rare in life. Decision-makers have a chance for a do-over of sorts if they want it. Three years after they chose center Mo Bamba sixth overall in the 2018 NBA Draft over center Wendell Carter Jr. and a group of other prospects, the Magic are now faced with a similar choice.

Which big man should the Magic commit to for the long term, Bamba or Carter? Or maybe someone else?

In a blockbuster trade last season, Orlando acquired Carter, forward Otto Porter Jr. and two protected first-round picks from Chicago for All-Star center Nikola Vucevic and forward Al-Farouq Aminu. From the Magic’s perspective, Carter’s inclusion was a secondary, or even tertiary, consideration. The deal launched a fresh rebuilding project for the Magic, and the incoming first-round picks were the most attractive incoming pieces in the deal.

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