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03/14/2013

The rub on Vince Carter winning 6th man of the year

Suns-Mavericks-Basket_HopkAdd this to the things I have been wrong about - The Dallas Mavericks decision to bring Vince Carter on to the team. Granted, they are not winning a lot of basketball games since he arrived but he has been a solid pro.

In 62 games, the veteran guard/forward is averaging 13.3 points, 4 rebounds and 2.1 assists coming off the bench. 

That should be good enough for Carter to be considered for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year. If Carter wins, he would join Jason Terry, Antawn Jamison and Roy Tarpley as Mavericks to be named the NBA 6th Man of the Year. 

There is, however, the small issue of the Mavericks' record - 30-33 as they head into tonight's game in San Antonio. And there is the matter of the history of this award, too.

Since the NBA began this award in 1983, only three times has it gone to a player whose team has been .500 or worse. And only once did it go to a player whose team did not make the playoffs.
1993-94, Dell Curry, Charlotte (41-41, missed playoffs)
1991-92, Detlef Schrempf, Indiana (40-42, made playoffs)
1990-91, Detlef Schrempf, Indiana (41-41, made playoffs)

How do Carter's stats compare to those players?
Curry averaged 16.4 points and was one of the league's best shooters.
In '92, Schrempf averaged 17.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists. He was a matchup nightmare, but refused to guard anyone.
In '91, Schrempf averaged 16.1 points, 8 rebounds and 3.7 assists. He was a matchup nightmare, but refused to guard anyone.

Carter will be considered for this award, but to think he will win it is a stretch.

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