But that’s a good thing, because the last thing the Mavs want to do is ring up Carter’s minutes.
Although Carter has shown flashes over the past two seasons of manufacturing some of the gravity-defying high-wire dunks that earned him flashy nicknames such as ‘Vinsanty’ and ‘Half-Man, Half-Amazing,’ he’s not interested in returning to the 2007-’08 season when he averaged a healthy 38.9 minutes while playing for the New Jersey Nets.
The pedestrian-like minutes Carlisle has put Carter under suits the eight-time All-Star just fine.“I’ve played a lot of minutes over my career, but I’ve learned how to kind of get it done in a shorter period of time,'' Carter said. "So it’s all good.
“I do what I need to do off the court to take care of my body and make sure that I’ve effective. And I just know I’ve found my way of just coming in and being productive in that time.''
After averaging a career-low 25.3 minutes during the 2011-’12 season, Carter rebounded and averaged 25.8 minutes last season, which is the second-lowest minutes played in his career. The 6-6 forward only started three of the 81 games he played in last season, but managed to turn that into 13.4 points per contest.
Adjusting to coming off the bench took some time for Carter to get accustomed to.
“If you’re playing starter minutes you know how to kind of work your way into it the first couple of minutes,’’ Carter said. “As a bench player, when you come in you’ve got to be ready to go, and that’s kind of been my mentality.
“I’m just ready to go. It’s no problems. You’ve got got to be ready to play.’’
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