When it comes to Sixth Man awards, the Dallas Mavericks are no strangers to the winners circle. Antawn Jamison won the award in 2003-04 and Jason Terry won it in 2008-09 for the Mavericks. This year, they may have another winner on their team.
Vince Carter, as he proved in the season opener, is ready to take on another NBA season. Carter, who scored 21 points off the bench for the Mavericks, provided a spark that the team fed off. After blowing a 10-point lead to the Atlanta Hawks early in the game, he helped fuel a rally with his play.
He played just over 25 minutes in the game and had two big 3-point baskets. The role of coming off the bench is nothing new to Vince as he came off the bench last season for Dallas. Carter, a 15-year veteran, should be able to relax and have fun this season. With Dallas adding Monta Ellis to the team, he and Dirk Nowitzki will carry the scoring load for Dallas. This should ease some of the pressure off of Carter as a go-to man in Dallas.
Not only will Vince help provide a spark off the bench for the Mavericks, but his veteran leadership is going to be a key part of their success. With so many new faces and people on the team, he will be looked at as a vocal leader on and off the court. If he provides the same spark and intensity all season as he did in game one, look for Carter to be hoisting the NBA Sixth Man of the Year trophy next summer.