Somehow or another, Vince Carter has become a part of the Sixth Man of the Year discussion. Though he started off the season looking every one of his many years, Carter has rounded into form, posting averages of 12 points, 2.1 assists and 3.6 assists while shooting 39% from three in just under 25 minutes per game. He's also on the last year of his contract.
Carter told the Dallas Morning News Saturday that he believes he's earned another contract in Dallas and he'd like to come back:
"I think I've earned the right to stick around. My fingers are crossed. Next year might be even better. We can attract some more people, more talent. Now I know my role, and I know the system, it's second nature to me now. I know the city very well. I'm stepping out, going to SMU games and getting out and about.
I'm very comfortable here. I like the guys. I like the nucleus we have here. With my role and the way I play and the way I go about things, it really helps guys here. And they like that. Hopefully, that's enough so that they can still have trust in me enough to play significant minutes and help the other guys out."
Vince has had a fantastic year and he's really changed the way he's played as he's aged. He fits with this squad and he was a key reason the Mavericks were able to stay competitive during a frustrating season.
But he's 37 years old. Can he really continue to play at a moderately efficient level as he turns 38 or 39?
I lean towards yes. He's an excellent shooter and a great decision maker. He's also has great size. Shooting and size don't go away with age. He can't and shouldn't play 25 minutes a game, but at 18 to 20 he can be effective, I really believe that.
We all know what the front office will do is entirely outside our control, but what does the Mavs Moneyball community want? Should Dallas try to resign the potential Hall of Famer? Let us know, vote and discuss in the comments.