It is easy to choose an MVP for the Dallas Mavericks and that’s no other than O.J. Mayo. However, who is the second guy on this team that is keeping the Mavs near the .500 mark?
That person is not Chris Kaman or Darren Collison. No. The man that is helping Mayo keep this Mavs 2012-13 season alive is Vince Carter.
Carter rarely gets praised by the NBA anymore now that he is, in basketball terms, old. However, he is playing like he is 10 years younger.
Right now the Mavericks are 11-13 and have been struggling to get far above the .500 mark, but him as well as Mayo have kept the team’s season alive, thus far. Without Carter producing on the court this Mavs team could be at the very bottom of the NBA.
That is not the case, right now. Carter is averaging 12 points per game this season. He is shooting 40.2% from behind the arc and 41.1% overall.
Yes, 12 points may not seem like a lot, but when Carter is on fire from the field there is no stopping him. His energetic performances energizes the entire team and the home crowd.
Dirk Nowitzki is supposed to be returning in the next week or two. Once Nowitzki is back to normal in his scoring ways to go with Mayo’s and Carter’s scoring it will help them turn the Mavs season around.
Carter will be the guy that will need to keep playing like he is and maybe step up a little bit as the Mavs schedule is not easy going forward. They are home for their next two home games to face the Philadelphia 76ers and the defending NBA Champions, Miami Heat.
Then they head back on the road to face the Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Not an easy task ahead of them, but if Carter performs like he has been then the Mavs could sneak in a couple of wins to stay close to the .500 mark.
That is going to be the most important part of the Mavs goal to finish up 2012. As long as they are close to the even .500 by the time Nowitzki returns, then maybe the Mavs will have a successful second half of the season.