Vince Carter came into the NBA with high expectations and fulfilled those for the first decade of his career. It has now reached the point, however, where Carter is 36-years-old and is more of a role player. He produced quite well to end the season for the Dallas Mavericks, but I think will need to get back closer to his career averages next year.
Carter averaged 13.4 points a game this season, and has averaged 20.8 a game over his long career. It is very possible that the Mavericks may have to use Carter as a starter next season. He only started three games this year for Dallas and averaged less than 26 minutes a game. I know that the legs aren’t the same than they were just a few years ago, and he may not be able to play 35 minutes a game anymore, but this could come out of necessity if O.J. Mayo doesn’t come back.
Dallas is at a point where they need to make a decision on which direction they are going to go. Dirk Nowitzki has already talked about taking a pay cut when his next contract comes up, and there has been reports about the team going after some free agents.
Carter is going to be the one piece on the roster that won’t be changing most likely. I would expect a bigger year out of him next season. I really believe we could see some of the Carter-of-old and maybe a season where he can average 15 or 16 points a game from a starting role. I really don’t see any other way for this to work for the Mavericks right now if they want to be a better team next year.