Carter became known for his highlight reel dunks early in his career but he was much more than just a great leaper. Carter was named Rookie of the Year after being selected fifth overall by the Golden State Warriors then traded to the Toronto Raptors in 1998. Carter quickly established himself as a formidable scorer, averaging over 20 points per game for ten consecutive seasons with the Raptors and later the New Jersey Nets.
But since his days with New Jersey Carter has become a bit of a journeyman, playing for his third team in the last four seasons. Carter’s play had also declined as he went from a number one option to more of a complimentary role. Carter seemed to be just about finished last season with the Mavericks, averaging a career-low 10.1 points in just 25 minutes per game.
Now in his 14th season, Carter seemingly has rediscovered a bit of his scoring prowess. Carter is primarily a jump shooter now, but he is averaging 13.2 points and four rebounds while shooting .409 from beyond the three point line, all solid numbers for a sixth man.
The Mavericks have Carter signed through next season and they should bring the veteran wing player back. Dallas lost their primary bench scorer when Jason Terry signed elsewhere last summer and although Carter isn’t as prolific at this stage in his career as Terry, he has proven that he can still be productive in the proper role.