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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The good and the bad of Vince Carter

The bad: It's been a very difficult past 7 games shooting for Magic SG Vince Carter, as he has shot just 36 of 103 (35.0%) from the field, including just 9 of 31 (29%) on three pointers. For the season, he is shooting a career-low 39.9% from the field, and a second career-low 33.6% on three pointers.

The good: In the past 7 games, Carter is shooting 38 of 44 (86.4%) from the free throw line, along with 5.9 rebounds per game and 3.9 assists per game, with an assist/turnover ratio of 2.7/1. For the season, Carter is the leading scorer on the Magic at 18.6 points per game and is shooting a career-high 85.1% from the free throw line, along with 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

Summary: While Carter has struggled with his shooting for much of the season, he is making the effort to get to the free throw line on his drives to the basket, as shown by the fact he is second on the Magic in FT attempts; he is getting his teammates involved passing (especially lately), has a very good assist/turnover ratio, and he is an above-average rebounder for his position. Carter has the lowest turnover percentage on the Magic, and is third among the regular rotation in Player Efficiency Rating.

All statistics courtesy of basketball-reference.com


  • At 8:07 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Vince has his detractors who say that he is nothing but a ballhog who puts up brick after brick, but those people ignore all the positive statistics he is putting up this season as a member of the Magic.

    Bottom line is Carter is the leading scorer and starting shooting guard on a 21-7 team that is one of the top three teams in the NBA record-wise, and all the positive contributions he has made shouldn't be ignored.

    His shooting percentage is bound to come up, as he is a career 44 1/2 percent FG shooter, and a 37 1/2 percent shooter from three point range.

    Not only did the Magic get Carter, they also got Ryan Anderson, with all his potential, in the trade with the Nets.

    I hated to see Courtney Lee leave the Magic and go to the Nets in the trade, but this was a fantastic trade for the Magic.

  • At 7:50 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    Vince Carter's choice of shots is questionable at times, and that has to change. His FG% is down probably because he drives to the basket more lately, and since he is not as exlosive as he used to be, he gets fouled but does not score. I will take that any night against jump-shooting all the time.

    I agree that it is sad to see a young talent with plenty of upside potentials go, but as you have noted, Ryan Anderson is young with potentials, as well. However, I do not go as far as calling that trade fantastic. It was a common sense trade for a team which is seeking championship now rather than later. While I applauded the trade, in fact we downgraded the defense at SG position which could become critical when we face Kobe and Lakers. Of course we could move MP to take the task, but then SF position becomes really thin. I would have called a trade fantastic which would have brought in a high quality starting PF.


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