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The season is over and all we can do is either look back or look ahead. We’re going to take some time to look back and grade the Dallas Mavericks.
Vinsanity is revved up.
Vince Carter: 11.9 points, 39.4% 3-pt, 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists
Ace Feltman (@MFFeLtman): A- Vince Carter’s 6th place finish in the 6th Man of the Year voting was a joke. But look at some of the people who get to vote… For a team that finished 8th in the Association in scoring, some nights you had to look around and look past your Samuel Dalembert’s and Jae Crowder’s and DeJuan Blair’s and Shawn Marion’s and wonder just where some of the points were coming from. Mr. Vince Carter supplied 12 PPG off the bench but average that out and you realize it’s a faulty stat. Vince Carter meant so much more on some nights, but he also was prone to laying extreme eggs. Consistency came and went, but the Mavericks relied heavily on the 37-year old 6th Man to keep them afloat, and he did the job for a large portion of the season.
Brian Gosset (@Gosset41): B Old man Carter, can still play and still get up. He hit a rough patch in the middle of the season, but had a good stretch in which he really helped the team. Then he went off for 28 points in the playoffs. Getting real up there in age, but is still a lethal shooter and brings energy off the bench. His sixth-place finish in sixth-man voting was a joke as he should’ve been a favorite to win it all.
Bailey Rogers (@BRogers789): B There’s a reason many of us thought Vince had a chance as a dark horse candidate for Sixth Man of the Year. He was so dependable, that spark plug off the bench we needed to carry the load while Dirk rested. Except for about a month to begin the season, and another month or so at the end of the season, when he couldn’t hit any of his normal shots, but kept taking them at his normal pace anyway. In the end, I couldn’t give Vince anything lower than a B (despite having tweeted some pretty nasty things about him) after that Game 3 shot. It was the single greatest moment of the season. And it was pure Vinsanity.
Jose De Leon (@JoseOfLion06): B- One thing you have to appreciate about Carter is he learned how to become an above average jump shooter. Vinsanity, for the most part, is a thing of the past. He could keep you in games when Dirk was on the bench but he could very easily disrupt the offensive rhythm by taking just way too many unwarranted shots. It’s almost like Carter preferred to take a tough shot: long jumpers with a hand in his face, well contested floaters in the paint. These are things we’d see too often. You’d hope he takes those plays out of his repertoire if he’s back in Dallas next season.