Vince Carter Must Play a Huge Role for Memphis Grizzlies to Contend

By Nathan Grubel
Vince Carter
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One would think that Vince Carter is coming down the home stretch in his career, but that is not the case (at least not yet).

Carter played an important part for the Dallas Mavericks during their seven game series against the San Antonio Spurs in last year’s playoffs, even hitting a game-winning shot in the process. Carter is not a stranger to big games or a lot of pressure. Carter has the ability to make big plays in big moments, and that should not be overlooked no matter who the player is or how experienced they are.

Carter is one of those unique players that is both clutch and experienced. Carter can be relied upon regardless of the situation to hit big shots, and man can he score that basketball in a hurry. Even in older age, Carter is still capable of creating space with his handle and pulling up from deep as well as using some crafty moves on his way to the basket for a finish at the rim. Carter has become a much smarter player from when he first entered into the league, and that has only helped him in the latter stages of his career.

It is because of his ability to adapt his game in older age why the Memphis Grizzlies reached out to him and signed him during the offseason. The Grizzlies need another veteran scorer who can create his shot as well as connect from deep. Carter can do those things along with move the ball at a high level without turning it over. Carter is also no stranger to defending some of the league’s best players in playoff situations. However, for Carter to truly be worth the signing, he will have to utilize these skills at a high level for the Grizzlies to succeed. Carter is a unique weapon on offense, and if he can maximize his skills to their full potential, then the Grizzlies will be that much deeper and better off come playoff time. The Grizzlies need another major offensive contribution to be able to keep up with teams such as the Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference. If Carter can contribute at a high rate, then the Grizzlies should continue to keep pace with the other juggernauts out west.

The Grizzlies should be ecstatic that they were able to sign a player of Carter’s caliber in the offseason. Carter can either be a key contributor off the bench or can step in and take over the starting role from Tayshaun Prince at small forward. Regardless of how big his role is with the team, Carter can also be a mentor to the younger guys on the team and can even teach the established veterans a thing or two about playing in monumental games.

Carter is going to be an important player for the Grizzlies if he can stay healthy. Carter can be the key difference maker for a team looking for a major offensive boost.

Nathan Grubel is a Memphis Grizzlies writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @The_Only_Grubes, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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