Vince Carter: Where Does He Go From Here?

September 18th, 2010 by Brett Roberts Leave a reply »
Many Magic fans were greatly enthused when the they traded Courtney Lee, Tony Battie, and Rafer Alston for Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson.  In Carter, the Magic hoped they had upgraded from Hedo Turkoglu, who went on to sign a monstrous contract with the Toronto Raptors, paying him in excess of $10 million per season, over five years.

But was the move for Carter really an upgrade from Turkoglu?  Based on Vince's statistics in his previous years in Toronto, it seemed a no-brainer.  In his last season in New Jersey, he averaged approximately 20-5-5, compared to Hedo's 17-5-5 during the same season (08-09).  But everyone knew Carter has the ability to explode for monster games (as he did against the Hornets last year, blistering them for 48 points) and his ability to close out games.  The Magic seemed a lock to at least improve a few games on their 59 win total in 08-09.

But what actually happened?  The Magic stayed relatively the same, once again winning 59 games, but failing to make the NBA Finals as they did the year before.  Can the blame fall on Vince Carter's shoulders?  Possibly.  In the playoffs, Vince's fiel ...

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