ESPN Doubles Down on Jevon Carter in the NBA

Jun 17, 2018 | by Chris Anderson,

While there may not be any "lottery pick" talk, the Jevon Carter in the NBA hype machine continues. The former West Virginia guard has gone from a fringe NBA player to a solid pick to an intriguing prospect after an offseason that saw him dominate at the NBA Draft Combine and put together numerous strong individual workouts for half of the NBA teams. This week, ESPN doubled down on Carter, with two separate pieces proclaiming him as a sleeper pick in this week's draft.

The first used a draft analytics model to predict whether a prospect would be an All-Star, an NBA starter, a role player, or a bust. Out of all the eligible players, Carter came in as the No. 17 player in the draft. He had an 8-percent chance of being an All-Star, 24-percent chance of being an NBA starter, and a 37-percent chance of being a role player. His all-star potential was higher than likely lottery picks Mo Bamba and Kevin Knox. His bust potential - 31-percent - was the highest among anyone in the top twenty, though.

The second piece came out on Sunday, listing Carter as one of the top ten sleepers and steals to watch.

Carter was one of the best defenders in college basketball, being the centerpiece of West Virginia's full-court press. No one did a better job of slowing down Trae Young in the Big 12. He picks up 94 feet, is a menace in the passing lanes and generally makes life difficult for opponents. He brings tremendous toughness and physicality to the table in everything he does, making him an ideal practice player and culture guy. Coaches that have worked with him swear by him. Having an extra foul at his disposal in the NBA, along with the fact that he won't be asked to play anywhere close to the 35 minutes per game he did as a senior at West Virginia, should allow him to be even more aggressive with the way he approaches his work on the defensive end.

There were some drawbacks - most notably his decision-making and not being an elite creator off the dribble - but the piece compared him favorably to Patrick Beverly, who is approaching a decade of professional basketball, including the last five in the NBA.

Carter was a dominant four-year player at West Virginia, earning Big12 All-Defense each of his four seasons, and Big12 Defensive Player of the Year twice. He was also named National Defensive Player of the Year in each of his last two seasons, all while averaging 17.3 points, 6.6 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.0 steals during his senior year. He continued to make waves even after graduation, as he dominated during the NBA Draft Combine, raising his stock even higher than previously expected.The 2018 NBA Draft will be held on June 21st at 7:00PM ET at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The event will be televised live on ESPN.

The 2018 NBA Draft will be held on June 21st at 7:00PM ET at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The event will be televised live on ESPN.

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