NBA Roundtable

Nuggets Hold Onto Carter

In Free Agency on August 14, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Yahoo Sports reports

The Denver Nuggets have re-signed veteran point guard Anthony Carter to a one-year contract for $1.3 million, a league source said.

Carter averaged 5.3 points and 4.7 assists in 78 games for the Nuggets last season.

Update: Nice article in the Denver Post with some quotes from Mark Warkenstein + Anthony Carter on the signing

“This guy is first-class in every sense of the deal,” said Mark Warkentien, the Nuggets’ vice president of basketball operations. “He works every day, he understands the value of a practice session, a shootaround or a team breakfast video session. And you can’t have enough guys like him.”

Warkentien called Carter a “quiet leader.” And a player who professes such professionalism will surely rub off on Lawson, an impressionable point guard.

“I couldn’t think of two better people to mentor Ty Lawson than Chauncey Billups and A.C.,” Warkentien said.

Crowded Backcourt

It’ll be interesting to see how the Nuggets handle their backup point guard situation.

  • Ty Lawson — a good prospect who looks NBA ready — The Nuggets acquire Lawson in a draft day trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Anthony Carter — a reliable veteran who plays solid D + rebounds the ball, and is a decent but below average offensive player

I haven’t liked the Nuggets using Anthony Carter as a shooting guard during the past few seasons. I think he’s a serviceable point, but a liability as a two guard. His lack of size, coupled with his below average defense + rebounding, by two guard standards makes him an outright liability at the position.

In other words, I don’t think the Nuggets can afford to play both Lawson + Carter … unfortunately George Karl doesn’t seem to agree with this opinion, and I fear he’ll use Carter as a shooting guard more often this coming season to the detriment of his team.

I would rather see the Nuggets give Ty Lawson the first crack of the whip. He’s a good prospect and has the potential to give the Nuggets much better service than Anthony Carter. At the least, I hope he gets a fair chance at playing time.

Conclusions

To be honest … I’d be tempted to have just let Anthony Carter leave out of fear of how George Karl will use him next season.

Still, it’s undeniable that Carter is a solid backup. He’s an excellent third string point guard, and a serviceable primary backup guard. He can definitely help the team if he’s used correctly.

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