3 reasons the Milwaukee Bucks should bring Jevon Carter back

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Milwaukee Bucks: Jevon Carter
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The Milwaukee Bucks have a number of their own players that are hitting free agency this summer and one of the more underrated ones is Jevon Carter.

After being waived by the Brooklyn Nets shortly after the trade deadline to make room for Goran Dragic, Carter became an impact rotation player and fan-favorite with the Bucks. He’s a gritty, hard-nosed defender who can pick up opposing ball-handlers all 94 feet of the court and knocked down 3s at an excellent clip with Milwaukee.

Milwaukee can use all the rotation help it can get next season and bringing back Carter would be a wise decision.

Why the Milwaukee Bucks should bring Jevon Carter back – #1: They need rotation guard help

Although I was seemingly among the minority of those who thought George Hill was a fine backup guard last season, the Bucks still need depth in that spot. Hill will turn 37 next season and while I thought he was fine, he also did look like he was declining a bit (which is no surprise for a 36-year-old).

While Hill missed extended time late in the season with various injuries, Carter proved he could more than hold up against opposing backup guards and was capable of playing real rotation minutes behind Jrue Holiday.

In his first 14 games with the Bucks, Carter averaged 18.6 minutes a night and was a plus-29 in that stretch. He instantly fit in with the Bucks’ tough identity and defensive mindset but also shot nearly 60 percent from 3 in those first 14 games.

Milwaukee has gone through a revolving door of backup point guards the last few seasons and while Carter may not be Tyus Jones, he showed that he can handle being the primary backup point guard. Hill would still be around to limit his minutes at first but Carter proved that he’s ready for a bigger role should he be re-signed this offseason.