Carter was traded to the Nets from the Suns on Thursday, along with the 29th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, in exchange for Landry Shamet, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The two teams swap reserve guards, but the deal also lands the Nets an extra late-first-round pick, giving them five total selections in Thursday night's draft. Carter, a former star at West Virginia, saw his role fluctuate throughout most of last season, but he was essentially dropped from the rotation once the postseason began. Across 60 regular-season contests, Carter averaged 4.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.5 steals in 12.0 minutes. He scored in double figures five times, headlined by a 19-point, 10-rebound, nine-assist, three-steal eruption in 43 minutes against the Spurs in the regular-season finale.
Carter scored 19 points (9-22 FG, 1-6 3Pt) to go along with 10 rebounds, nine assists and three steals across 43 minutes in Sunday's win over the Spurs.
Carter drew his first start in the season finale with Chris Paul and Devin Booker resting. He recorded a career-high 43 minutes, which led to his first career double-double and just one assist short of a triple-double. Carter averaged only 11.4 minutes in 59 games prior to Sunday's contest, and he should fill a similar role as the Suns progress into the playoffs.
Carter will start Sunday's finale against the Spurs.
The Suns are resting Chris Paul and Devin Booker, so Cameron Payne and Carter are starting in the finale. In the seven games this season that Carter has seen at least 20 minutes, he's averaged 9.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals. Sunday is his first start of the season.
Carter finished Saturday's loss to San Antonio with 17 points (7-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 0-2 FT) and one steal across 25 minutes.
Suffice to say, few predicted that Carter would be Phoenix's leading scorer in the battle between Western Conference teams. His opportunity came partly as the result of offensive struggles by Chris Paul (six points) and Devin Booker (15 points) and largely due to the blowout nature of the contest. Carter has notched double-digit scoring only four times all season, with three of those instances coming in his past five games. His arrow seems to be pointing up, though Carter's lack of peripheral stats and his inconsistent playing time still make him a non-factor in fantasy leagues.
Carter is averaging 2.6 points, 0.7 steals, 0.4 rebounds and 0.2 steals in 6.9 minutes while shooting 47.4 percent from the field in his last nine games.
Carter's been listed as a healthy DNP in seven of his team's last 16 games, receiving double-digit minutes in only three of the nine games he's played in. The guard has shot well given the inconsistent playing time, making one of his roughly two shots per game over the nine-game stretch. While the 25-year-old has had an off-year compared to last season's stats and minutes, it's an encouraging sign that he's been able to hang around a deep Suns rotation.
Carter had six points (2-3 FG, 2-3 3Pt), three assists and two rebounds during Monday's win over Portland.
Carter registered exactly seven minutes for a second straight contest but this time finished with his first points in over two weeks. Prior to Monday's outing, Carter scored a total of just three points across the Suns' past 13 games.
Carter (coach's decision) didn't see the floor Monday in the Suns' 109-108 win over the Mavericks.
Carter was excluded from head coach Monty Williams' rotation for the second game in a row, with E'Twaun Moore and Langston Galloway serving as Phoenix's backup guards. Considering the Suns returned star shooting guard Devin Booker (hamstring) from a four-game absence Monday along with the fact that Cameron Payne (foot) will also be back eventually, Carter should only face a tougher path to the rotation moving forward.
Carter notched six points (3-8 FG, 0-3 3Pt), an assist and a season-high two blocks across 17 minutes off the bench in Monday's loss at Washington.
Carter was coming off a 10-point performance the last time out, but he wasn't able to repeat the feat. He's slowly carving out a role as a bench piece for the Suns, but ultimately, he's not playing or producing enough to be a reliable fantasy option in most formats. Phoenix's game against the Hawks on Wednesday has been postponed, so Carter's next chance to take the court will come Friday against the Warriors.
Carter notched 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt), four rebounds, six assists and four steals in Friday's preseason loss to the Lakers.
Chris Paul sat this one out for Phoenix due to right-ankle soreness, giving Carter the opportunity to shine as a starter. The guard came into the game shooting only 28.6 percent from the field for the preseason, so there figures to be plenty of ups-and-downs in his third NBA season. His primary value lies in his ability to knock down three-pointers, but he could be in line for a reduced role with Paul now running the point.
Carter signed a three-year, $11.5 million deal with the Suns on Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The 25-year-old was a restricted free agent but opted to continue his career with the Suns. Carter worked as a reserve guard during the 2019-20 season and averaged 4.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 16.3 minutes across 58 games.
Carter delivered 20 points (7-10 FG, 6-8 3Pt), four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 26 minutes off the bench during Saturday's win over the Heat.
Carter came out of nowhere to post his seventh double-digit scoring performance of the season, and he surpassed the 20-point plateau for the second time in his career -- and first during the current campaign. Carter is not likely to produce at this rate on a nightly basis, but this performance might increase his playing time in the near future.
Carter provided three points (1-4 FG, 1-3 3Pt), three steals, two assists and one rebound across 21 minutes Friday in the Suns' 113-111 loss to the Pistons.
With double-digit minutes in each of the Suns' last 15 games, Carter has seemingly solidified himself as one of the top two guards on the team's bench. So long as starters Ricky Rubio and Devin Booker are both healthy, however, Carter won't have much of an opportunity to push for a 25-plus-minute role, thereby putting a cap on his overall fantasy upside.
Carter collected 15 points (6-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt), four rebounds, three steals and two assists in 27 minutes during Sunday's 129-108 loss to the Bucks.
Carter matched his career high in steals and season high in scoring while turning in a very well-rounded stat line. With Ricky Rubio (ankle) and Ty Jerome (lower leg) sidelined, Carter ended up earning the most playing time at the point guard position, and that could end up being the case again in Tuesday's matchup versus the Nets if Rubio still can't give it a go.
Carter collected eight points (3-6 FG, 2-4 3Pt), three steals, two assists and one block in 19 minutes during Sunday's 114-109 loss to the Grizzlies.
Carter put together a solid stat line against his former team, swiping three steals for the third time through 31 appearances this season. Still, his per-game averages have dipped slightly compared to his rookie campaign, and Carter is best reserved for use in the very deepest formats.
Carter failed to score (0-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 0-2 FT) and provided three assists, three rebound and two steals in 19 minutes during Friday's loss to Golden State.
The second-year guard continues to struggle with an inconsistent shot as he's hit just nine-of-31 shots over his past eight appearances. Carter's inconsistency partially stems from his sporadic playing time as he's been a DNP-CD in five of his past 13 games and saw just one minute of run in one of those appearances. At this point, the 3.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists Carter's bringing on a nightly basis isn't enough to warrant a roster spot outside of the deepest of formats.
Carter scored six points (2-3 FG, 2-3 3Pt) in 10 minutes during Monday's 109-104 win over the Hornets.
Carter saw the lowest minute total among the nine Suns who saw the floor in this one. With that being said, Elie Okobo and Tyler Johnson were healthy scratches, so at least Carter maintained a modest reserve role. Rookie guard Ty Jerome (ankle) made his debut and could compete with Carter for minutes going forward, but as seen in this one Jerome is also capable of sliding over to shooting guard.
Carter will come off the bench Tuesday against the Kings.
Ricky Rubio (back) is back in the starting five, so Carter will resume his usual bench role. Across his nine appearances off the bench, Carter has averaged 4.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 13.8 minutes.
Carter started at point guard and produced three points (1-2 FG, 1-1 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 24 minutes Monday in the Suns' 99-85 loss to the Celtics.
Carter moved up to the top unit after Ricky Rubio (back) was a surprise scratch ahead of tipoff, but the appointment to the starting lineup and the added minutes that came with it didn't do much for the second-year player's production. While the defensive stats were nice, Carter's lowly 5.6 percent usage rate essentially killed any chance of him paying dividends for those that used him in DFS. Carter could be looking at another start Tuesday against the Kings with Rubio uncertain to be available, but Carter will likely fall out of the rotation or play only a limited role off the bench once the Spaniard is healthy again.
Carter is starting at point guard Monday against Boston.
Carter is set to start his second game of the season after Ricky Rubio (back) was scratched from the starting lineup minutes before tip. Carter scored eight points and added six assists along with three rebounds and three steals in his other start Oct. 26 against the Clippers.
Carter delivered 15 points (4-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds and three assists across 27 minutes in Monday's 96-95 home loss to the Jazz.
With the return of Ricky Rubio (knee), Carter returned to his usual bench support role, yet still saw roughly the same floor time as Rubio. Through four games, Carter's 15 points were a season-high. In 39 games last season, Carter only posted 15 or more points twice, so maybe we shouldn't expect this one-game trend to continue.
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