(WMC) - Vince Carter is best known for flying high over defenders to the rim. No, seriously, OVER defenders. At 37 years old, Carter only shows flashes of the high-flying dunk contest winner nicknamed "Vinsanity." But this late in his career, he's a more well-rounded player and will bring the type of play making the Memphis Grizzlies need.
"We want to play him in a role where we give him the ball and let him do his thing. And for us, that's going to help us," Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger said. "That's what we need, we need some play making."
Carter spent last season playing for the Dallas Mavericks. He played 81 of 82 games, and he was one of the better sixth men in the league. Carter spaced the floor for Dallas, shooting 39% from three, and averaging 11.9 points per game. His three point percentage jumped to more than 48% in the Mavs' playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs. That series featured one of the defining moments of Carter's career, and it wasn't a dunk.
With 1.7 seconds left in the game, down 108-106, Carter pump faked and launched an off balance corner three. It swished through, giving the Mavs a 2-1 series lead over the eventual 2014 NBA Champions. That play, and more showed the Grizzlies that the veteran had enough left in the tank to help lead Memphis back to the playoffs.
"Vince contributes in so many ways. He's going to give us play making from the wing spot, which will take some pressure off Mike Conley as the sole play maker when he's on the floor," Grizzlies interim GM Chris Wallace said. "Plus he's one of the best three point shooters in the league. And he can score in other ways, he just checks so many boxes for us."
Monday, Carter, who started his career in Toronto has shuttled between several big market teams throughout his 16 years in the league. For the past four seasons, Carter has worn #25 with the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks. He returns to his iconic #15 jersey here in Memphis.
At the news conference, Carter looked down at his new uniform and said "Carter, number 15. Looks good."
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