Memphis Grizzlies Could Use A Motivated Vince Carter In Playoffs

By Brendan Patel
Adam Hunger - USA TODAY Sports
Adam Hunger – USA TODAY Sports

Vince Carter has had a lengthy basketball career in which he was often times the most explosive player in the league. His early highlights included ferocious dunks, due to his elite athleticism and ability to get to the basket. He was hard to contain on the perimeter, and even harder to stop in transition as he was just so good in the open court. But at age 38, he can no longer get up and down the court like he used to, and has evolved his game to become more of a shooter. This is still good for the Memphis Grizzlies, as they could use a motivated Carter to be their top scorer off of the bench.

The Grizzlies do not have many offensive weapons in their second unit, and are more known for their physicality and defense. They have several very good wing defenders to complement one of the top big men tandems in the league, as well as a talented point guard in Mike Conley. They will likely shorten their rotation come playoff time, but they will still need someone who can help stretch the floor to give their big men and Conley more room to operate. Jeff Green has been a good addition on the wing, but Carter is a better shooter and can help keep Green fresh to close the game.

The Grizzlies need help scoring, and Carter may be the guy to provide that spark as a sixth man. He may not have many years left, and will surely want to go out in a winning fashion. He can still score in bunches, and there are enough play makers around him to get him the ball in the right spot. The Grizzlies will surely be a contender come playoff time, but they will need Carter to be motivated and ready to go.

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