I'm endangering my life by writing this post. The mere mention of "Vince Carter" is enough to throw John into a full blown rage. Linking VC to the Celtics… I'd be safer voluntarily entering MCI-Cedar Junction.
Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe says Vince could help some veteran teams:
Some contenders that are thin on the wing or light on shooting also happen to have some very good pick-and-roll big men. Chicago, Boston and the Lakers jump out as teams that could use Carter’s skill set in a limited backup role.
Boston has half a team under contract and a below-average offense; it will look at any cheap wing player who can back up both Paul Pierce and Ray Allen while providing a bit of scoring punch. Of course, the Celtics got an up-close look at Carter’s shaky playoff chops during the 2010 Eastern Conference finals, when he imploded and helped cost the Magic a conference title.
Can a team with the highest shooting percentage really be called "below average?" Let's not digress. Here's how VC can help veteran, contending teams:
Paired with a threatening big man, Carter can work as a serviceable secondary pick-and-roll ball-handler. In 22 games with the Magic last season, Carter ranked as the league’s most efficient pick-and-roll handler, considering only such plays he finished with a shot, drawn foul or turnover, according to Synergy Sports. His efficiency on pick-and-rolls fell off a bit on Phoenix, where he didn’t have Dwight Howard rolling down the lane to draw everyone’s attention, but he still ranked well above-average. Carter is a clever passer when he feels like sharing, and on a good team, with good big men, you could do a lot worse than having him work a pick-and-roll as an emergency option when the shot clock is running down.
I know Vince Carter is mentally soft. I'm talking in desperate need of Cialis soft. But the dude can score. And being around the Big 3 and Doc Rivers can only help. If expectations are low, he might actually surprise us.