The Stat Line of the Night — 2/3/10 — Vince Carter
Since arriving in Orlando in the offseason, Vince Carter has been mediocre at best, but mostly just ineffective. He is averaging career lows in almost every statistical category. Last night he seemed to snap out of that a bit, even if it was only for one night. In an inspired effort Vinsanity led his Magic to a 99-82 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Vince nearly snagged a triple-double, scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists. The most important stat is that he scored those 17 points on only 15 shots. He has been extremely inefficient from the field this year, shooting just 38% and getting to the free throw stripe a lot less. Although he didn’t go to the line that often last night, he was able to make almost half his shot, 2 of those for 3-pointers. Not only is Carter coming around, but his entire Magic team seems to be coming around as well. They have now won 7 of their last 8 and continue to rise in the East.
So what is the difference for Carter? Why all of a sudden is he being more aggressive and feeling more comfortable? Well some say it has to do with his old coach and mentor from New Jersey, Lawrence Frank. He has been doing some very informal consulting with the Magic, and it seems to be helping Carter, at least for last night.
Whether it was Lawrence Frank’s help or not, Vince Carter earns “The Stat Line of the Night”.