FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Vince Carter has won slam dunk titles, Olympic gold medals and had deep postseason runs but the Larry O’Brien trophy has eluded him. The Mavericks are the fifth team the veteran guard has played for and Carter is hoping the fifth time is the charm in Dallas.
The Mavs signed Carter as free agent in December. He’s started in 15 games this year and played in 25 of 30. He’s averaging 11 points, a far cry from the 22 points a game he’s posted over the course of his 13 previous nba seasons and the career high 27.6 he averaged with the Raptors during the 2000-2001 season.
At this point in his career, Carter says personal numbers aren’t his primary concern.
“I mean, I’m asked that all the time. I dont really know how to answer that,” he said earlier this week. “I’m about winning. It’s not about points, not about stats. At the end of the day, if the team I’m on is winning, that’s all care about. That’s what I came here for.”
Interestingly, Dallas is 6-0 when he scores 15 or more points. But Carter is clear, he wants a ring and feels that with the Mavericks his chances are good of getting one.
“It is what it is, I’m trying to win. I’m here to contribute to a very good basketball team and hopefully it’s enough to get us over the hump to win another one.”
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