ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player and counting them down on Twitter (@NBAonESPN), from number 500 to number 1. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them on the pages of ESPN.com.
Let me start by saying that I’m not surprised by this at all. When you think of Vince Carter you think of “Vinsanity.” You think of him as a top 10 player in the league. These days Vince is barely in the top 200, and if you asked me #185 might be a little high for what he actually did, or should I say, didn’t do last season.
At this point in his career, Vince is at best a backup wing player. He will most likely backup O.J Mayo and Shawn Marion. But this may not even happen if he doesn’t get himself back into shape. ESPN has him listed at 200 pounds. That may be true if it was still 2007. Vince looks more in the 250 pound range, and it’s not muscle. If he wants significant playing time and to produce at a high level, he needs to shed some of that fat he gained last season. He needs to come into training camp focused and be 100% committed to the team.
Carter had his worst season of his career last year. He averaged just 10 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1 steal in 25 minutes a game. Career lows all across the board statistically for Vince. His career averages are 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal in 35 minutes a game.
It probably doesn’t help that he played over 35 minutes a game for 11 seasons. Carter is a shell of the player he use to be, but if he gets back into shape, stays healthy and commits to the team, he can be a very valuable piece to the Dallas Mavericks and their chances of making an impact in the playoffs.