Everybody knows Jevon Carter is going to hear his name called in this year’s NBA Draft, but nobody knows what round or what team will choose him. However, you can narrow it down to about three teams that Carter would fit in perfectly with.
After bettering his draft stock at the 2018 NBA Combine, Carter has been contacted by several teams for another workout. These teams include Minnesota, Sacramento, Los Angeles Lakers, Utah, Phoenix, and Memphis. Carter also has a workout scheduled in the near future with the Dallas Mavericks.
When Carter was asked what he could bring to the NBA, he responded with, “Defense, winning mentality, leadership, and just playing hard every possession.”
Jevon Carter’s mom is from Memphis, and he has spent a lot of time there growing up. He attended a few Grizzlies games when he was younger, and they seem to be a pretty good fit for Carter.
They currently have an aging Mike Conley at the point guard position, and they play a style of basketball where Carter can come in and play a good amount of minutes right away.
Memphis plays with the slowest pace in the NBA, not scoring a lot of points and winning games with a stingy defense. They currently hold the 4th and 32nd overall picks in the draft. If Carter is still on the board early in the second round, then Memphis wouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger on him.
Next up, the Minnesota Timberwolves. Carter has spent a lot of time around their facility, also while attending games in the first round of the playoffs against Houston.
The T-Wolves have two picks in this years draft at 20th and 48th overall, so Carter could easily go to them with either of their selections. With a good core group of Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, and Karl-Anthony Towns, Carter could go their and not have the pressure of having to lead a team immediately.
He would also be able to learn from Jeff Teague, who has been a reliable guard in the league for several years now.
Finally, the Utah Jazz. Fresh off of a Western Conference Semi-Finals run, where they fell to the Houston Rockets, the Jazz are looking to take the next step in the upcoming year.
The Jazz also play with a style that would be perfect for Jevon Carter. They play that grit and grind style of defense and score when they have too.
Unanimous All-Rookie 1st-Team selection, Donovan Mitchell, will be expected to do most of their scoring next year, while defensive big man, Rudy Gobert, will be the anchor on the other end of the floor.
Carter could come in and immediately create a positive impact for the Jazz. He would play behind Ricky Rubio, where I believe he will develop a better play-making ability over the years.
Utah holds onto the 21st and 52nd picks in the draft. With a great fanbase, coach, and a good young core group, this is a place that I would love to see Carter end up going to.