Duke basketball product posts fourth straight double-double

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Duke basketball alum Wendell Carter Jr. has become a double-double machine.

In his first entire season with the Orlando Magic since a midseason 2020-21 trade from the Chicago Bulls, former Duke basketball one-and-done Wendell Carter Jr. is averaging career-highs pretty much across the board.

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And although the Magic left Chicago on Monday night with a 102-98 loss in tow, Carter put his gains on full display to the tune of his fourth consecutive double-double, matching the longest such streak of his career. This latest version featured 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Carter has now grabbed double-digit rebounds in six straight outings, albeit all in losing efforts.

The fourth-year pro and former No. 7 NBA Draft pick finished the contest against his former team with an 8-for-15 clip from the field and a 4-for-5 mark from the charity stripe. Carter also tallied four assists and one steal in his 35 minutes on the floor.

A double-double average from the Duke basketball product

Now, the 6-foot-10, 270-pound center is averaging a double-double for the season. Again, Wendell Carter Jr.’s 13.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game represent career-highs. Meanwhile, he’s also averaging 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game while shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 73.6 percent from the foul line.

Indeed, outside of the relatively low number of blocks for his position, those are all impressive stats for a mere 22-year-old despite his squad’s persistent woes.

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Wendell Carter Jr. and the Orlando Magic, who are still trying to shake the “league’s worst record” label while facing a 7-31 record thus far, return home for a matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers (20-16) at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday. Worth noting, the 76ers feature a fairly potent NBA Blue Devil themselves in their full-time starting sniper at the two-spot, Seth Curry.