Former West Virginia guard Jevon Carter has proven that he can be a valuable piece of an NBA roster. In his two seasons in the NBA, Carter has averaged 4.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. While Carter has only shot 36.7% from the field, he has shot a respectable 38.7% from three point range and 83.1% from the foul line.
Even though he has shown that he can produce offensively, it’s Carter’s defensive ability and hustle that has landed him a place in the NBA. The winner of “The Dan Majerle Hustle Award”, Carter has earned his reputation as a defensive bulldog.
Make no mistake about it, Jevon Carter should be re-signed by the Phoenix Suns this offseason. As a restricted free agent, the Suns can offer him a $1.8 million offer, or he can enter into restricted free agency. After backing up starter Ricky Rubio and taking over as the 2nd string point guard for the team, signing him for $1.8 million seems like the obvious decision.
If I had to guess, the Suns will likely allow Carter to sign elsewhere and there will be a market for him after he’s proven himself over the past two seasons. If Carter doesn’t re-sign with the Suns, I expect the following teams to pursue him in free agency:
Chicago Bulls: Carter is originally from Illinois, the Bulls have a young roster, and he can earn major playing time on a team searching for defensive energy.
Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James is not happy with the current Lakers’ rosters and major changes are expected. The point guard position is a particular concern for the Lakers. Rajon Rondo is often-injured and Avery Bradley opted out of the NBA Bubble. Jevon Carter could not only make the Lakers’ roster, he could earn real, significant playing time in Los Angeles.
Prediction: Chicago Bulls