(Editor’s note: Now that the Spurs have came to an agreement with point guard Patrick Mills, signing Anthony Carter or Derek Fisher doesn’t seem like a realistic move. Darn.)
36-year-old Anthony Carter averaged 2 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 8.7 minutes in his short 24 game stint with the Toronto Raptors. The 6’1″ point guard has played with six teams in his 12 year career in the NBA. His best season occurred in 2007-08 when Carter started 67 games for the Denver Nuggets and averaged 7.8 points and 5.5 assists.
Yet, at this stage of his career, Carter probably won’t make a significant impact on any team.
But on a team that could use a backup point guard, his penchant for distributing the ball could be pretty valuable if Manu Ginobili were to get hurt or Tony Parker needs a breather.
The Spurs acquisition of Stephen Jackson gives the Spurs some leeway in the creator department — Jackson, if need be, could fill their role as shot creator — but, even so, the Spurs second unit did benefit from T.J. Ford’s superior control of the game.
Carter isn’t nearly as capable as Ford — the eight year age gap as the main culprit — but he is a better rebounder (in limited time he was actually a more proficient rebounder than Jason Kidd and Rajon Rondo) and took care of the ball more than Ford.
Plus, the risk is minimal. Carter was bought out from the Raptors and the cost to obtain his services are rather minimal. At best, he could provide the Spurs with 10-15 minutes from the backup point guard position. At worse, Carter’s age deters him from making an immediate impact and the Spurs can carry on with Gary Neal as an occasional ball handler. No harm, no foul.
Or we could always sign Derek Fisher if he’s bought out from his contract with the Houston Rockets.
But, then again, would we really enjoy rooting for him?