Jevon Carter was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2018 and he played one season there before getting traded to the Suns. Many people thought that Carter was just thrown into the deal to make the money work, but that’s not the case.
Phoenix targeted Carter as a player who would fit in well with head coach Monty Williams’ philosophy, that is, a smart, hardworking player who is a winner.
“One thing that is really hard to find is pure heart and he’s one of those guys who’s gonna outwork you,” Suns’ guard Tyler Johnson said of Carter.
“You can tell how many strides he’s made since his year in Memphis to where he is now,” Johnson continued. “I played him twice in Memphis and it was more of he just had a few things a little bit to polish up and when he came back this summer I didn’t even recognize him.
“He looked like a completely different player.”
Johnson isn’t the only member of the Phoenix organization to notice Carter’s improvement during the first few practices of training camp. His shooting has improved a lot too, and that will help him earn more minutes behind starting PG Ricky Rubio.
“In my opinion, he’s the most steady guy on the team,” Williams said. “Because he’ll play with both units. The way the league has been played now, he can play on the ball and off the ball.
“Jevon’s a bulldog,” Williams said. “Enough said. He’s a bulldog. He’s rocks.”
— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) October 3, 2019