Scouting Report: Jevon Carter

Name: Jevon Carter

Height/Weight: 6’1.5/ 196

Wingspan/ standing reach: 6’4.25/ 7’11

Hand size: 8.50

Position: PG

College: West Virginia

Tools: Defense, motor

Pros:

  • Excellent defender- great body control, quick reaction times, great hustle; will pick opposition up the length of the court
  • Good shooter with good form
  • Good strength
  • Great distributor- finds shooters in rhythm with ease
  • Pickpocket ace- easily able to strip players, especially on the drive; quick hands

Cons:

  • Short arms
  • Not very quick
  • Scoring vs length
  • Poor finisher at the rim- could be due to short arms
  • Needs to improve scoring off the dribble

Overall: Jevon Carter is most well-known for his lockdown college defense, but also brings solid playmaking and shooting to the table. His playmaking should translate well to the NBA due to his high level of setting up teammates in rhythm on 3 point shots in college. He has a knack for finding players cutting off-ball, particularly behind the 3 point line. This was particularly noticeable throughout the season in Daxter Miles’ three point shooting success throughout the year. Defensively, while he has quick reflexes and an elite motor, his lack of quickness will hurt him at times on defense. The Stepien’s Cole Zwicker brought up a great point to me, in that quicker players constantly blew by him, which is potential cause for worry about Carter’s defensive upside in the NBA. On top of his lack of quickness at times, Carter has short arms, meaning his recovery times in the NBA will be more difficult in the NBA. I expect Carter to be an above average defender, but not quite a great defender like he was in college. I project Carter to be a backup point guard with a long career and able to play 20 minutes any given night.

NBA Comparison: Erick Strickland

Projected draft range: 30-41

Fit with Mavericks: While the Mavericks could use Carter and his tenacious bulldog mentality to compliment Dennis Smith off the bench, the Mavericks need to add size, length, and versatility at point guard for the future. While I do like the long-term fit of having a fearsome offensive-minded point guard like Smith being backed up by a defensive hound in Jevon Carter, the short-term fit with Barea, Ferrell, and Smith is poor for Carter.

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