May 11, 2018, 7:57 pm
2017-18 averages: 58 G | 5 GS | 17.7 MP | 5.3 PTS | 2.6 REB | 1.2 AST | 0.7 STL | 0.4 BLK | 0.6 TOV | 40.3 FG% | 34.5 3P% | 75.7 FT% |
Vince Carter signed on with the Kings for a one-year deal in the offseason and immediately became a mentor and advisor to players.
“It’s funny, as soon as I was announced, Justin [Jackson] texted me immediately and said, ‘Hey I’m ready to learn, let’s get to work,’” Carter said while chatting with the broadcasters on NBA TV for a Summer League game. “I like being around young guys that are thirsty to learn and get better.”
Jackson was just one of the few that Carter helped along the way. He said he was always talking to younger players about being reckless; the man known as Air Canada was all about helping players extend their careers.
But, it wasn’t just teaching the young players about keeping their health. Just this week Willie Cauley-Stein made a post on Instagram praising the work Carter has done and showed his gratitude for the legend for always being willing to dish out assistance.
In his 20th season in the NBA, Carter flourished in not only his mentor role, but on the floor as well when he was alotted minutes. Carter used his 3-point shooting ability to knock down open looks and helped keep the offense flowing on the floor.
His usage percentage was the lowest of his career (just 14.7 percent) but he yielded one of the highest plus-minuses of anyone on the team. His minus-65 over the course of the season was better than any player on the team that played more than 53 games.
Carter was able to use his smarts rather than his athleticism on most nights.
His steals percentage (STL%) was tied for best on the team, with Buddy Hield, at 2.1 and his defensive win shares total of 0.9 was high on the team even though he played hundreds (or even a thousand) less minutes than most regulars.
For comparison, De’Aaron Fox played 2026 minutes (compared to Carter’s 1026) and had just a 1.1 DWS total. Garrett Temple, one of the team’s best defenders, played almost 600 more minutes (1615) and finished the same DWS as the 40-year-old vet.
Carter also had one of the lowest defensive ratings on the team at 110, which was higher than all the Kings’ regulars except Cauley-Stein (108) and Kosta Koufos (108).
Carter’s season wasn’t just successful on defense in his short time on the floor, however. He boosted the team’s offense with his ability to make 3-point buckets and create offense for others.
It’s not a surprise that in the Kings’ 20 wins in which Carter played he had an offensive rating of 108 and in the 38 games the team lost when he was in the lineup his rating was just 94.
165 of his 283 field goal attempts were from beyond the arc and he knocked down an average amount of them.
Carter also helped the team when it came to the second half of the season because as the young players faltered, he stepped up.
His field goal percentage, true shooting percentage, offensive and defensive shares went up following the All-Star break.
What Carter lacked in bounce, he made up for with his knowledge and experience of the game and he proved to be a valuable asset for the team. He didn’t shoot as high of a percentage from beyond the arc as some may have hoped (his 34.5 percent was seventh best of players with the Kings at the end of the year), but he helped when it came to the younger guys and that’s really what he was brought in to do. Anything on the floor was a bonus for the most part.
Carter is a free agent and the Kings could offer him a one-year deal and they probably will, but after his minutes were cut to end the season it wouldn’t be surprising to see him take a small role with a more promising team, rather than a re-building roster like Sacramento.
And just for pure enjoyment, here’s Carter dunking at age 40 for the Kings.
August 22, 2019, 3:27 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Team USA has named Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart and Donovan Mitchell as captains for the FIBA World Cup.
Congratulations to Mitchell, Walker and Smart on the tremendous honor of being named captains for the USA men's team. This won't have any impact on their upcoming fantasy seasons, but it is a major accomplishment nonetheless. Team USA has an exhibition rematch against Team Australia on Saturday.
August 22, 2019, 12:25 pmIsaiah CanaanPG, International
Isaiah Canaan has signed a contract with the Shangdong Heroes of the Chinese Basketball Association.
The veteran journeyman played for the Suns, Wolves and Bucks last season, appearing in 30 games total. Canaan will be looking at a more prominent role and payday overseas as he attempts to build his value back up before trying to latch on to a team towards the end of the year. Canaan is off the fantasy radar.
Source: Zhang Duo on Twitter
August 22, 2019, 11:58 amPatty MillsPG, San Antonio Spurs
Patty Mills put up 19 points, three assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Thursday's international exhibition between Team Australia and Team USA.
The Boomers figure to be one of the chief threats to the Americans in the World Cup and put forth a competitive effort in today's exhibition. Mills has typically been a steady, late-round fantasy option for deep-league play but that may change this season as the Spurs will need to mix in both Derrick White and Dejounte Murray in the backcourt. Chris Goulding tied for the team lead in points, also scoring 19 while hitting four 3-pointers in 22 minutes off the bench.
August 22, 2019, 11:54 amMyles TurnerC, Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner put up 15 points and 14 rebounds in Thursday's exhibition win over Team Australia, shooting 6-of-8 from the floor with a 3-pointer.
Turner didn't get any blocks but we know that last year's league-leader can rack those up in a hurry, whether he's getting them in international competition or not. Look for another early-middle round season out of the talented big man. Kemba Walker led Team USA with 23 points in the 102-86 win.
August 21, 2019, 6:26 pmTrevon BluiettPF, Utah Jazz
Trevon Bluiett and Juwan Morgan sign with the Jazz in the hopes of one day playing in an NBA game.
Bluiett was on a two-way contract with the Pelicans last season while Juwan Morgan played for the Jazz in the 2019 Summer League. They will both compete for a roster spot in training camp but neither is a guarantee to make the final roster. They both have yet to see the court in an NBA game and can be ignored from a fantasy perspective until that day comes.
Source: Tony Jones on Twitter
August 21, 2019, 5:25 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins (ankle) began daily contact workouts on Monday and is on pace to head into training camp fully healthy.
Collins is heading into what could be a breakout season as he is likely to start at the power forward position. In the 2019 playoffs, the Gonzaga product blocked a shot in 11 of the 16 games including three games in which he blocked three, four and five respectively. Collins has averaged around 33% from distance throughout his career which is exactly what he shot in the postseason (7-21). If he is able to improve from long range and plays starters minutes, Collins is a can't-miss player. It's far from a guarantee though as the 21-year-old has never finished with standard-league value. It does seem like Collins will be ready for training camp barring a major setback.
Source: The Athletic
August 21, 2019, 10:34 amCory JosephPG, Sacramento Kings
Nick Nurse said that reports of Cory Joseph missing the FIBA World Cup are “incorrect”.
Nurse added that he spoke to Joseph on Wednesday and that the guard has his flights booked to China. Joseph was in Canada’s camp at home earlier this month, but did not make the trip to Australia and has missed the past four exhibition games. The situation has become a little bit murky but Canada Basketball keeps holding out hope that Joseph will rejoin the team before they depart for China, which doesn’t happen until Monday.
Source: John Casey on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 10:33 pmTyronn LuePG, Los Angeles Clippers
Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting former Cavs championship-winning coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to join the Clippers as their top assistant coach to Doc Rivers.
The Lakers and Clippers rivalry continues to heat up. Lue was very close to a deal with the Lakers in May to become their head coach, but the sides couldn’t reach an agreement. Lue now joins Kawhi Leonard as another person to spurn the Lakers this offseason.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 10:28 pmPJ TuckerSF, Houston Rockets
P.J. Tucker says he is optimistic about signing a contract extension soon.
The 34-year-old 3-and-D wing hopes to extend his deal with the Rockets, but a potential extension wouldn't begin until his age-36 season. Houston has him under contract for two more seasons at this point, so they may not be motivated enough to get something done this offseason. However, a maximum Tucker extension would only have him in the $10 million per year range. Even as a 37-year-old, that could be a great deal if he can keep up his current production. Tucker remains a sneaky source of threes and steals late in fantasy drafts or off the wire.
Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 6:11 pmJaylen AdamsPG, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks officially announced the signings of guards Jaylen Adams and Rayjon Tucker on Tuesday.
Adams and Tucker have their work cut out for them in their bid to claim a roster with the big club, as the Bucks have a reasonably deep guard rotation. Adams and Tucker are more than likely competing to get playing time in the G-League this season and can be ignored in fantasy.