Vince Carter has always been a freak of nature sort of athlete, so it’s no wonder he has always been a fabulous rebounder for a guard. In the recent win by the Dallas Mavericks over the Utah Jazz, however, Carter managed to use his extraordinary leaping skills to soar far above what can be expected of him at this point in his illustrious career.
Carter not only grabbed eight rebounds in the game, which is a season-high for the veteran, but he also led Dallas in rebounds in a game for the first time all season. The last time Carter had led the Mavericks in rebounds in a game was April 12 of last season in an overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets. Before that, you’d have to travel all the way back to April of the 2011-12 NBA season.
Before that? Well, that’s not really relevant because he wasn’t on the Mavericks then, but it’s pretty apparent that Carter leading Dallas in rebounding is basically an annual occurrence.
Being a sixth man, it’s too difficult for Carter to lead the team in anything. He just doesn’t get enough minutes. No player on the Jazz — not even Derrick Favors who averages 9.2 rebounds per game — managed to grab as many rebounds as Carter did last night. Even at his advanced age, Carter continues to amaze. This latest accomplishment in his career, like any other annual holiday, should be celebrated. Maybe we can call it ‘Vince Carter Beasts on the Boards Day’.