Vince Carter 2015-2016 stats by the numbers
6.0 Points Per Game
0.9 Assists Per Game
2.4 Rebounds Per Game
Career Averages of 18.8 PPG 3.4 APG 4.6 RPG
133-343 (38%) FGM-FGA
59-169 (34%) 3PM-3PA
Vince Carter's 2014-2015 Season
Vince Carter. Half man, half amazing, career definitely more than half over (ok, it could end now, or last perhaps another year or two, but you get the idea). Vince came to the Grizzlies on July 14th 2014, and was expected to provide some outside shooting for a Grizzlies team that was starving for it. At the time Carter came in with career averages of 20.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists. Vince had an ok year then, definitely chucking up the threes and showings some flashes of the Vince Carter of old for a couple of plays here and there over the course of the last season. But the playoffs for him was a disaster, as he didn’t show up at all and was a huge reason the Grizzlies had such a horrible shooting percentage from their playoff series against the Warriors last postseason as no one except an injured Mike Conley could hit anything from outside. This season, we expected a Vince Carter who could come in and do spot duty for us for a couple of minutes again as an 10th or 11th man, and even come in some lineups that needed more size or shooting as the situation called for it, so what did we get this season?
Vince Carter’s 2015-2016 Season
We as Grizzly fans pretty much got what we expected for Vince Carter this season. For the year, Carter averaged 6.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 0.3 assists. The stats look a little rough, and that’s because they are, but Carter did have his moments this year. His best stretch to me was in February and March, where he came in and gave great contributions for the Grizz while also having some flashback moments of his own. He had a nice reverse dunk against the Pelicans AND, he had a nice reverse ALLEY OOP that showed that the 39-year-old can still get up from time to time.
And who can forget his 82-foot half court heave that he made to beat the third quarter buzzer against the Timberwolves in which he also had 15 points!
Vince Carter really came in strong though during the last few months of the season, where the team went through a lot of turmoil and players were shuffling in and out faster than Vince could loft up a three-pointer. He was the one player who coach Joerger could look at and know could produce at a reasonably effective level. For the latter half of April and the whole first round series against the Spurs, Vince was inserted in the starting lineup and played well. Even though the Grizzlies were overmatched and undermanned, Carter did have a pretty good playoff series, averaging 11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists, including a game in which he had 16 points, 3 short of his season high of his 19 that he had for the Grizzlies. Yes, the Grizzlies were quickly dismissed from the playoffs, but all of them fought, and the 17-year veteran definitely gave it all he had.
So what’s next for Vince Carter?
This is where things get interesting for Carter. He has a partially guaranteed third year in his contract, and he did have a couple of good months after the all-star break. If anything he has shown us as Grizzly fans that he still has something left in the tank and can possibly return in his same position as a 10th or 11th player off the bench for the Grizzlies. Also, since the Grizzlies don’t have to make the decision on Vince Carter until after the season starts, this is something that they can wait on before they have to rush. On another completely different note, Vince Carter could just retire. He’s had a long solid career, and he definitely could decide to hang ‘em up. All in all, it depends on the Grizzlies and what they do this offseason for their wing positions and just how much they decide they need him. But ultimately it all depends on Vince Carter. The ball is in his court. Always has been.