By the Numbers:
39 Games, (3 starts), 14.8 minutes per game, 4.4 points per game, 30.3% shooting, (33.3% three-point percentage) 90 Offensive Rating, 109 Defensive Rating, 7.8 PER
Season In Review:
Jevon Carter’s season was a mixed bag, to say the least. With Grizzlies fans hoping that Jevon could be a key piece of the Grizzlies future, he endured ups and many downs throughout the course of his first season of professional basketball. He had a memorable debut against the Rockets and an impressive finale against the Warriors at home, but the rest left something to be desired. Old for a rookie at 23 years old, Carter had an impressive collegiate career at West Virginia and played well for the Memphis Hustle but was unable to find similar success with the Grizzlies.
Carter struggled greatly with shooting throughout the season - he shot below 30% overall for most of his first season in Memphis. One thing that did improve towards the end of the season in particular was his three-point shooting. Over his final 5 games of the season, Carter shot just over 40% from deep. It isn’t much to go on, but it is something.
Positives were few and far between for Carter, who struggled with consistency on both ends of the floor during his first season in Memphis. They often say that numbers don’t tell the whole story, but they really paint a picture here and unfortunately it isn’t a kind one. Jevon has the skill set needed to become a contributor for Memphis, but he still has a lot of work to do in order to get there.
Although Carter’s season didn’t go as well as most probably would have hoped, he did bring something to the Grizzlies. He brought with him the love and adoration of a loyal fan base from his West Virignia days, something I was able to experience first-hand while running GBB’s Twitter account.
Already see some fans in West Virigina gear sitting behind the Grizzlies bench. The love they have for Jevon Carter is impressive. Wonder if they read my article...— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) April 4, 2019
Carter has quickly become a fan favorite of the Grizzlies and should be bolstered by the knowledge that he has the full support of the fan base moving forward.
Carter has a lot to prove. His biggest priority moving forward should be improving his offensive game. The ability to shoot the ball and score it efficiently has never been more important in the NBA than it is right now and it’s something Carter needs to drastically improve on if he wants to have real staying power in the league.
If and when Memphis fully embraces a rebuild, a new coach could do wonders for Jevon. Someone willing to let Carter play through mistakes or rough patches in order to find his place could be very beneficial to his development. Of course there is the risk that this only makes it worse and Carter shoots himself out of the league, but that seems to be the less likely scenario. Carter has a lot of talent and I think he still has time to right the ship and work himself into the Grizzlies’ long term plans moving forward.
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