Morgantown, West Virginia – ESPN released a list of the Top 25 Free Agents of the 2020 offseason and former West Virginia superstar guard Jevon Carter made the list!
Kevin Pelton of ESPN ranked Carter as the 23rd best free agent this season using data to understand players’ impact on their team’s success while they were on the floor as well as how their production compared to other players their age.
Carter, who averaged 4.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 16.3 minutes per game last season for the Phoenix Suns, was previously seen as a pesky defender off the bench who could make hustle plays at key moments of games.
However, Carter showed at the end of last season in the NBA Bubble in Orlando that he could be an offensive weapon if given an opportunity, hitting 42.5% from three point range while becoming the Suns best perimeter shooter.
In the ESPN+ article, the following was said of Carter: “The Grizzlies and Suns swapped Carter as part of last summer’s Josh Jackson salary dump, and Carter enjoyed a better sophomore campaign after moving to shooting guard. Carter is also a tenacious defender, in his case primarily because of his ability to pressure ball handlers. His shooting was a pleasant surprise.”
Carter, 25, is a restricted free agent and the Suns could match any other team’s offer to Carter by extending him a $1.9 million qualifying offer when free agency begins.
Carter’s outstanding defense combined with his improved offensive game makes him a highly sought-after player in this year’s free agent market. If the Phoenix Suns choose to not sign him, many teams will line up to offer him a contract.