August 23, 2017, 12:24 am
Hoop Ball Kings is proud to bring you the third instalment of a brand new series that we are rolling out in the lead up to the 2017-18 NBA season. Over the next two months we will be doing a roundtable series which involves all three of our writers here at Hoop Ball Kings. We’ll be discussing various topics including season projections for each player on the Kings roster, record predictions and more.
First and foremost, we will run through every player currently on the Kings roster and provide our personal predictions for their output this season.
Vince Carter joins Sacramento after signing a one-year, $8 million deal in July and instantly becomes the oldest player on the roster. The eight-time All-Star brings a wealth of experience to a young Kings roster that welcomes his knowledge with open arms. In 73 games with the Grizzlies last season, the 40-year-old posted averages of 8.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in 24.6 minutes per game on 37.8 percent shooting from three.
Dave Joerger knows Carter well from his days in Memphis, and has a reputation for fondness towards veterans so we may see Carter on the floor more than expected. Will Vince Carter be more than just a veteran leader for the Kings?
Stat-line Prediction: 9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.2 blocks. 42% FG, 39% 3PT, 79% FT.
Joerger’s reputation with prioritising veterans over younger players scares me. We may see Carter on the floor often, at least during the early stages of the season. It’s because of this that I envision a slight uptick in production for Carter this season. He’ll hurt the Kings on defense but that’s something we may have to live with.
He won’t do much else other than spot-up for threes, but that’s all Sacramento really needs him to do at this point in his career. Justin Jackson and the other young wing players will likely dig into Carter’s minutes as the season wears on, which is more so a good thing than a bad thing. Overall, I liked the signing by the Kings and think that the positives outweigh the negatives when it comes to Carter.
Stat-line Prediction: 6.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.2 blocks. 38.5% FG, 33% 3PT, 75% FT.
Carter may be asked to start early on, but the team will likely want to give players like Malachi Richardson, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Justin Jackson some opportunities at small forward. He may not see more than about 15 minutes per game by the end of the season, and may struggle to stay efficient on offense.
With that said, Carter’s experience will make him a good fit when players like George Hill and Zach Randolph are on the bench. His minutes will also likely depend on the play of some of the Kings’ younger options on the perimeter, so he may find himself with a fairly large role if some of them struggle early on.
Stat-line Prediction: 8.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.7 steals, 41% FG, 39% 3PT, 78% FT.
Carter may not be as athletic as he once was, but the Kings hope to get every last pump of talent out of him this season. He will play the veteran bench role and will be looked at as a mentor for the many young players the Kings have. Carter probably won’t play many minutes, but he could provide an outside shooting ability that the Kings haven’t consistently had over recent seasons.
The 40-year-old Carter will hope to prove he still has what it takes to play in the league this season and if his shot is going down, he’ll keep critics quiet all year long.