Phoenix Suns: 3 Secret Weapons for the Postseason

Phoenix Suns, Jevon Carter (Photo by Ashley Landis - Pool/Getty Images)
Phoenix Suns, Jevon Carter (Photo by Ashley Landis - Pool/Getty Images) /
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Jevon Carter, Phoenix Suns (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
Jevon Carter, Phoenix Suns (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /

Phoenix Suns potential playoff secret weapons: Jevon Carter

Unlike the player before him, Jevon Carter brings very little experience to the Suns as a third-year player. But despite his minimal time as pro, Carter remains a serious threat likely to make Phoenix’s opponents sweat this postseason.

Fielding just 11.5 minutes per game this year, Carter remains a more unfamiliar tool within the Suns basketball machine, but only due to Phoenix’s inconsistent bench minutes distribution resulting from their flexible roster. But make no mistake about it, when Monty Williams feels like he needs Carter, he goes to him, and does without hesitation.

As a strong guard with lateral quickness, Carter often serves as a defensive stopper for the Suns, assuming a role which every playoff team will need to fill at one point or another. Nobody for Phoenix with 30 games under their belt owns a greater opponent turnover percentage than Carter, and nobody hustles quite like him as well, earning the team’s highest defensive loose ball recovery rate at 69.2 percent.

More importantly though, Carter continues to see his game improve even outside his forte, now developing an adequate jump shot. Although shooting 37.7 percent from deep this year, since April 15, Carter’s 3-point percentage has soared to 43.2 percent, a mark higher than that of Steph Curry, Khris Middleton and Duncan Robinson this year.

With Carter heating up offensively while maintaining the defensive skill set which earned him Naismith Defensive Player of the Year honors during his senior year at West Virginia, Carter remains a solid “three and D” addition to this team. Be sure to bet on him to break out at some point this postseason.

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