You would figure that after a 16 year career in the National Basketball Association, half of them being selected as an All-Star, you would be thinking it is time to look to the next part of your life. Well, for most that might be the case, but for former UNC Basketball star Vince Carter the only future he sees right now is in a NBA jersey.
Carter, a 6’6″/220 lbs shooting guard, is in the last of a three year, $9.3 million deal and seems to be a long way from calling it quits. From the sounds of it, Dallas Mavericks’ owner, Mark Cuban, is on the same wave length as the shooting guard, being on the record the he wishes to have the former Tar Heels re signed in the off season. The accolades did not just come from the front office either. From an ESPN article, Mavs’ coach, Rick Carlisle also had praise for the 16 year veteran…
“It’s not just his scoring and spectacular play, it’s what his presence on the floor means,” coach Carlisle said. “He’s a guy you have to guard all the time, so he creates space. He’s a playmaker on pick-and-rolls, which often times gets other people involved.”
So, could we truly see Carter after the 2013-13 campaign? I would say that the season should play on a bit before making this kind of statement, but on the other hand… why not? The 36 year old guard still loves playing ball and the Mavs could once again get a great deal from someone who last season scored almost 13 and a half points, to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists while playing below 26 minutes a game. Even more amazing was that Carter shot 40.6 from beyond the arc and was a good defensive stopper for the Dallas franchise.
In a league like the NBA, where the biggest chunk of the pay roll goes to pleasing the super stars. and where defense is a word that is becoming all but extinct someone like Carter is a player that most franchises would like to have, no matter his age.
“I’ve found my way of just coming in and being productive in that time,” Carter said. “I’ve played a lot of minutes in my career, but I’ve learned how to get it done in a shorter period of time. It’s all good.”
And how has he adjusted from being a starter to coming off the bench?
“You just have to be ready to play. It’s one thing as a starter. If you’re playing starter minutes, you know kind of how to work your way into it in the first couple of minutes. As a bench player, you’ve got to come in ready to go. That’s been my mentality.”
He might not have as much energy as he did when dunking in the Olympics, nor all the hair, but the former North Carolina star can still play and will do so until he can not anymore. And that is good for him, for the Mavs and for all the Heels fans that enjoy watching players that once called Chapel Hill home play at the next level. In other words… it’s a win-win situation for all, and that is good enough for me.
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