During the 2021-2022 season, former WVU basketball stars Jevon Carter and Miles McBride spent time with Eastern Conference teams as they tried to find their role for an NBA club.
Jevon Carter entered his fourth season on a new team after getting traded to the Brooklyn Nets from the Phoenix Suns. Carter didn’t seem to have much of a place on the Nets, as he averaged a career-low 12 minutes per game.
In February, the Nets decided to buy out the contract of Carter to make room for 36-year-old Goran Dragic on the roster. In 16 games for the Nets, the former Miami Heat star averaged just over seven points per game on a career-low 37% field goal percentage. It is also important to note that the Nets have already moved on from Dragic, letting him sign a one-year contract with the Chicago Bulls.
On the flip side, Jevon Carter signed with the Milwaukee Bucks after being waived, where he would find more minutes and a more defined role. In 20 games with the Bucks, Carter averaged 17.7 minutes per game, and became the backup point guard to Jrue Holiday.
Carter averaged 5.6 points per game while shooting 50% from the field down the stretch for the Bucks. This strong play off the bench earned Carter a new, 2-year/$4.6 million contract to stay in Milwaukee. Carter will have a similar role as last season as the Bucks will try to have more postseason success.
As for Miles McBride, his role still seems to be undefined for the New York Knicks. In his rookie season, McBride split time between the New York Knicks and the team’s G-League team, the Westchester Knicks.
With the Knicks, McBride averaged 2.2 points per game while averaging 9.3 minutes per game. When all were healthy or active, McBride had to sit behind the likes of Kemba Walker, Derrick Rose, Alec Burks, and Immanuel Quickley.
Because of this crowded room, McBride spent a handful of games in the NBA G-League. In four games with the Westchester Knicks, McBride averaged 26.8 points per game while shooting 48.8% from the field.
In the offseason, the Knicks managed to trade Kemba Walker, but also took on a new large contract for a guard. The Knicks signed former Dallas Maverick Jalen Brunson to a 4 year/$110 million contract to fill the point guard role.
With Brunson being the presumed starter at point guard, McBride will be in the same position as last season. That position will be to battle against other young guards such as Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes to get more playing time.
With Alec Burks being traded to the Pistons and Derrick Rose being injury-prone, young guards including McBride might have a chance to step up throughout the season.