NBA training camps are set to tip off next week, and WVU Basketball’s lone representative is getting ready to play for a new team.
Jevon Carter was drafted by the Memphis in 2018 and spent his rookie season shuttling between the Grizzlies and their G-League squad, the Memphis Hustle. The team traded him to Phoenix on a draft night deal.
The Suns are in a building process. They haven’t been to the NBA Playoffs in nine years and haven’t won 30 games in the last four. The team revamped the roster during the offseason, adding eight new players, including Carter.
Going into training camp, the Suns appear to have a 9-man rotation consisting of Ricky Rubio, Devin Booker, Kelly Oubre Jr., Dario Saric, Deandre Ayton, Tyler Johnson, Mikal Bridges, Frank Kaminsky and Aron Baynes with Carter on the outside looking in.
Carter will have a good chance to break into that rotation once he integrates himself into the team. His signature lock-down defensive presence will earn him some fans in the seats and should endear him to the coaching staff.
Memphis’ work on his development showed near the end of last season. He finished with averages of 4.4 points and 0.7 steals in 14 minutes per game, but scored in double figures three of the last four games of the year (he scored 9 in the outlier).
He ended the season with a career-high 32 points against the Golden State Warriors on April 10th.