Dallas Mavericks’ Vince Carter Is Most Valuable Sixth Man, Hopeful Hall of Famer

By Elaine J. Dispo
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When I think of Vince Carter, many words that start with the letter “V” (aside from his first name, of course) come to my mind…

Vinsanity, for his nickname, because he blows us away with his crazy performances on the court. Velocity, because he has an unmatched hustle and flow on the hardwood. Versatility, because he can take on guard/forward roles. Victory, because his bench plays indeed has led to wins.

This Dallas Mavericks sixth man also is a “G” for the following reasons…

For one, he has served the shooting guard position. Plus, during Dallas’ NBA 2013-14 season home opener against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, Oct. 30, he was described on Fox Sports Southwest to have “groove against the grain.” Most of all, this “Half Man, Half Amazing” has some serious game.

I also think that he handles the basketball with such grace, like the ball was meant to be in his hands to dribble and shoot. For example, he led the Mavs in shooting percentage during their preseason road game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Carter gives his “Vinsanity” alias another meaning entirely because not only does he show unbelievable prowess on the floor, but also in his own personal workouts, particularly with the offseason. He made me want to go “inVince-able” “beast mode” with his virtually insane workouts to get basketball season ready.

Not only does the former Toronto Raptors-named “Air Canada” want to maintain the momentum throughout the regular season, which marks his 16th with the league, but he also has this burning desire to proceed into the playoffs as a contender for the NBA Finals.

Carter’s timing was at the Mavericks’ prime, when he joined my Tipoff Trio with forwards Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion, following their ultimate win in 2011, so he wants to bring the Larry O’Brien trophy back to where it belongs: Dallas, Texas.

So, again (like I said to you last month): do you smell what Court Carter is cooking? The championship goal was brewing over the offseason, but this Sixth Man is ready to raise the roof and the heat and take the title away from the Miami Heat. His sweat sizzle will smoke away opponents at this rate, not just from his speed and skill, but also his pressing will.

Even once Carter’s time playing pro ball is over, he should leave a lasting legacy. After all, this 1998-99 NBA Rookie of the Year and 2000 All-Star Slam Dunk winner deserves to score that Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame honor. While he is still here, though, he aims for that championship run. So, Mavs, let’s make that happen.

Elaine Dispo is a Dallas Mavericks writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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