Overview: An extremely versatile and athletic wing, with incredible scoring tools. Possesses an outstanding vertical leap, first step, wingspan, and just about everything you look for in a superstar physically, even if hes much more reluctant/selective about showing that now on a consistent basis. A dynamite offensive threat. Developed his scoring ability and his penchant for the spectacular during a highly decorated prep career and a three year stint at UNC. One of the toughest players in the league to stop when he wants to be. Has a reputation for taking bad shots, but still manages to be rather efficient. Low turnover player considering his high usage. Has a history of injury problems, but has played 73 or more games his past six seasons. Has been criticized for a lack of toughness at times, but appears to be much more comfortable in his own skin these days. At age 32, seems to have peaked and is now entering the tail end of his prime. Still going for 20 points per game though. Former lottery pick, and cousin of Tracy McGrady.
Offense: A extremely dangerous and versatile scorer, capable of shooting from the perimeter or taking the ball to the basket. Has a reputation for settling for too many jumpers, but the rate at which he gets to the line is solid for his position. Uses his athleticism along with advanced moves and scoring instincts to break his man down off the dribble. Utilizes crossovers and spin moves well. Shows good ability to take contact and adjust in the lane, aided by his incredible hang-time. Can drive in either direction with the ball, but is historically better going right, both on drives and pull-up jumpers. Has a good perimeter shot, and can shoot as well off the dribble as he does spotting up, despite taking many very tough shots. Doesnt always have his feet underneath him on shots, and forces some fade-aways. Hasnt been as good off the dribble this season than he normally is, taking more attempts than were used to seeing from him when Devin Harris was injured. Regardless, he still maintained high efficiency. Very good shooter when he is left open. Gets most of his offense in isolations or as the ball-handler in pick-and-rolls, but is dangerous moving off the ball and spotting up. Has a well above average assist to turnover ratio for his position. Is capable of facilitating an offense for extended stretches in games. A great shot creator for himself and others, capable of making every pass, but excelling most in the pick-and-roll. Also creates shots with post entry passes, in transition, and on drive-and-kicks. Uses athleticism to get out and finish in transition, but not as much as he used to. Still reminds us of his Vinsanity days from time to time by throwing down some highlight reel dunks.
Defense: Not know for his effort defensively, Carter is a very good man-to-man defender when he wants to be. Shows a good stance and lateral quickness, along with a penchant for getting a hand in his mans face. Uses his physical tools well, but not until the game is on the line. Effort level wavers considerably at times. Not the greatest at getting around screens. Can over-commit in help defense. Has good hands in the passing lanes. One of the better rebounding shooting guards in the league defensively. Could be a significantly better defender if he put his mind to it.