Jevon Carter surprised a lot of people (including myself, since I didn’t know who he was or that he was on a roster) with his NBA debut in December where he scored eleven points. After that game, Grizzlies fans likely had visions of a legitimate backup PG for Mike Conley, and I had visions of a guy who would sometimes score in double-digits so I could make highlight videos that get 600 views. But none of that happened. Instead, Carter regressed after his strong debut, and he started sucking eggs. Major eggs.
Here’s a fun/tragic stat for you: Carter has the lowest field goal percentage in the league among players who have attempted at least 50 shots. The list looks like this:
Jevon Carter: 26.7%
Chandler Parsons: 30.0% (LOL [lots of laughs])
Andrew Harrison: 30.2%
Grayson Allen: 30.6%
Jerryd Bayless: 32.7%
As you can see, it’s not even close. Carter is, bar none, the least effective offensive player in the league who actually gets minutes. I used to rag hard on Andrew Harrison, who was a 32.5% shooter for the Grizzlies two seasons ago, but Carter is somehow worse (and I’m pretty sure Harrison actually set some kind of record for offensive futility that season).
What I’m saying is, you can’t sugercoat it. Carter just sucks bad at scoring. I hope he turns it around (with this game as the turning-around point) but I’m not holding out hope. It’s looking like he’ll just be like a way worse Tony Allen who can sometimes lock people up on defense but brick everything while doing so.