Jevon Carter is the definition of what the state of West Virginia is and what Bob Huggins aspires all of his WVU teams to be. A junkyard dog on every possession, Carter makes every player he plays against uncomfortable. He is always in the gym and is one of the hardest working players in the league. He has immensely improved his three point shooting to help contribute more on the offensive end. He was able to knock down a terrific 42.5% of his three point attempts in the 2019-2020 season. This makes him the perfect role player for the way this Suns team is constructed.
Carter, still only 25, averaged 4.9 points, 2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and just under a steal per game last season. He only saw the court in 58 games, averaging 16.3 minutes per game.
Carter re-signed with the Suns last night for $11.5 million over 3 years, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Suns started off the offseason with a splash, trading for 15 year veteran Chris Paul. Paul will take over starting point guard duties alongside Devin Booker to create a very powerful backcourt to go up against the West’s elite. In the deal, Phoenix shipped starting point guard Ricky Rubio along with backups Ty Jerome. Jalen Lecque, Kelly Oubre Jr. and a future first round pick were included in the deal.
With the departure of two point guards, this shows the belief that the Suns have in Carter to man the backup point spot that he shared a year ago. Chris Paul is known as an upper tier defensive point guard so opposing guards typically look forward to hearing the buzzer sound and see a backup come in to take over. Things will only get more difficult for them when Carter takes over as he deploys his full court attack.
The Suns continued with molding their identity by adding forward Jae Crowder from the Miami Heat. Crowder brings much needed experience and toughness to the Phoenix frontcourt. The wing/forward group currently consists of Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson. Those are two role players who do their specific job very well. With the leadership of Crowder, those two should be able to develop into more well rounded players in this league.
The resigning of Carter and additions of Paul and Crowder also take a lot of pressure off of Devin Booker, the teams leading scorer. He doesn’t have to worry about guarding the other teams best players and can focus on helping this team put the ball in the basket on the offensive end.
A lot of praise has to be given to general manager James Jones. He has taken the Suns from a bottom dweller with a rising star to a legitimate contender in the West. Don’t forget, this team went 8-0 in the bubble just a few months ago without starter Kelly Oubre Jr. Jones has showed he knows what he is doing, being part of the Ayton, Bridges, Johnson draft picks. Followed that up by trading a disgruntled Trevor Ariza for Oubre, then flipping him for one of the top point guards in the history of this league.