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.
February 23, 2020, 3:34 amRobin LopezC, Milwaukee Bucks
Robin Lopez made a splash off the bench for the Bucks on Saturday, chipping in 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including two 3s, plus one assist and one block.
Lopez has not made any significant impact in fantasy prior to this solid outing, so he can be left on the worse for now.
February 23, 2020, 3:24 amEric BledsoePG, Milwaukee Bucks
Eric Bledsoe had a productive outing in Saturday’s win over the Sixers with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting, adding eight assists, two treys and four rebounds.
Bledsoe has been looking good as of late, having stabilized with reliable value. The Bucks are in cruise control right now and Bledsoe owners can confidently keep him slotted into their active lineups in all formats.
February 23, 2020, 3:13 amGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo went HAM on the Sixers on Saturday to lead the Bucks to a 119-98 victory over the Sixers with 31 points on 12-of-17 shooting, adding 17 rebounds, eight assists, two 3s and one block.
For whatever reason, Giannis loves stomping on the Sixers and gaudy lines like this have been the norm. This a top-end line from him, but we’re sure no one’s gonna complain outside of Sixers fans.
February 23, 2020, 3:04 amShake MiltonSG, Philadelphia Sixers
Shake Milton saw some extra run on Saturday with Ben Simmons going down, erupting for 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including five triples and two assists.
It was a one-dimensional game from Milton but it was good enough for boost in points, threes and FG tonight. Keep an eye on him as a potential add if Simmons misses multiple games.
February 23, 2020, 2:59 amFurkan KorkmazSG, Philadelphia Sixers
Furkan Korkmaz had himself a productive Saturday night in a loss to the Bucks with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting with five rebounds, three treys and one assist.
Ben Simmons’ back right ended up on him tonight and Korkmaz was one of the direct beneficiaries. Korkmaz has been too erratic to trust this season but could be worth a speculative add if Simmons misses more time.
February 23, 2020, 2:54 amJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid made just 5-of-18 shots from the field and 6-of-7 from the line for 17 points and 11 rebounds with one steal and one block in a loss to the Bucks on Saturday.
Embiid has not had a good history playing a against the Bucks, so chalk up this off night to that factor if you want. Embiid is coming off a solid game, so a bounce-back outing should be just around the corner.
February 22, 2020, 11:52 pmBojan BogdanovicSF, Utah Jazz
Bojan Bogdanovic was limited to scoring just 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting with one trey and six rebounds in Saturday's loss to the Rockets.
Bogdanovic is running a bit cold right now with this being the second straight game where he's uncharacteristically shot 30 percent or less from the field. He's a .451 shooter on the season so an upward correction should be on the near horizon.
February 22, 2020, 11:49 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert was quiet in Saturday's loss to the Rockets and was limited to posting just 12 points (3-of-7 FGs, 6-of-9 FTs), six rebounds and two blocks in 34 minutes.
Unfortunately for Gobert owners, the Rockets matchup was not a stylistically favorable one for him. This low-end line is not a cause for concern and he should bounce back soon once the Jazz face teams with non-micro-ball systems.
February 22, 2020, 11:45 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell hit 12-of-24 shots from the field and 6-of-7 at the line for 31 points, seven rebounds, one 3-pointer and three assists in a loss to the Rockets on Saturday.
Mitchell has been a top-50 play on the season, but if he's going to carry the Jazz on his shoulders moving forward, his needle should be headed in the right direction as the season winds to a close.
February 22, 2020, 11:42 pmMike ConleyPG, Utah Jazz
Mike Conley returned from a three-game absence on Saturday and got a full complement of minutes (34), allowing him to post 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting with seven rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer.
Conley's minutes are a sign that he's got the trainers' full confidence to go full blast. He got an extra rest day (Friday) to recover from an illness, which now is clearly behind him. He did struggle with his shot tonight, but Conley should put up better lines than this moving forward.