After the lockout-shortened 2011-2012 NBA season, many people had to believe that Vince Carter’s days as an effective player in the league were over. In his first season with the Dallas Mavericks he played in 61 games and averaged only 10.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 25.3 minutes per game while shooting only 41.1 percent from the floor and 36.1 percent from three.
However, the 36-year-old Carter found new life in his second season in Dallas. Playing off of the bench for the most part, Carter averaged 13.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 25.8 minutes per game, almost the same amount of playing time that he saw in his first season with the Mavs. Moreover, Carter was able to shoot a solid 43.5 percent from the floor and 40.6 percent from long-range.
One of the noticeable things that Carter was able to do in Dallas last season was establish himself as more of a spot-up shooter. 46.3 percent of the plays that ended with Carter last season were in spot-up situations and he averaged a solid 0.92 points per possession in those situations.
Considering that Carter will turn 37 years old in January, though, it wouldn’t be surprising to see his production fall back to where it was in the 2011-2012 season. However, he should still be able to give the Mavs solid outside shooting off of the bench in limited minutes.
The most important thing that Carter brings to the table, though, is trade value. The Mavs could be in the market to add another player via trade that could push them into the playoff picture. Considering that Carter’s deal is expiring and that he’s only due $3 million this season, he’s an extremely movable asset, especially with what he can still give on the floor. Carter may not finish the year in Dallas, but his value for them, either on the floor or as a trade chip, is undeniable.