Vince Carter to start in debut, Andre Iguodala inactive

PHOENIX — The Vince Carter era is upon us, as Alvin Gentry announced an hour before game time that Carter will not only play tonight but also start.

The Suns gave thought to getting him acclimated off the bench but ultimately decided against it.

“He’s going to be a starter, so there’s no reason not to start him tonight,” Gentry said. “I just didn’t see what it would benefit playing him off the bench for one game. We’ll see what happens.”

Gentry plans on using the next few games to evaluate his rotations and eventually whittle it down to no more than 10.

The injury news was not so good on the Philly side as Andre Iguodala was made inactive with tendinitis in his right Achilles.

Iguodala averages 14.2 points, 6.1 boards and 5.5 assists per game, second on the Sixers in all categories.

“He’s an unbelievable athlete,” Gentry said of the player his team will miss. “He’s a tough matchup because he’s so long, so if you put a small guy on him he’s a pretty good post-up player. Plus he gives them another guy in the open floor who can handle the ball and create plays. He’s just a real solid player and has been since he walked into the league.”

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