Vince Carter and Jeremy Lin Will Be The Veteran Leaders
Vinsanity and Linsanity have hit the ATL! Though Jeremy Lin and Vince Carter are clearly no longer in their primes. At the same time, both are high quality veterans, who offer value on, and off the court. Both guys have dealt with extreme fan and media followings, so they will be able to impart valuable wisdom to Trae Young, Taurean Prince, and the rest of the young Atlanta Hawks’ players. Particularly on how to handle the spotlight.
Lin will be the backup PG, but could see even more minutes should Coach Pierce implore the “tough love” method of benching Trae Young, when he doesn’t make the right play. Vince Carter, the NBA’s oldest player at 40 years old, isn’t expected to play a huge on the court role. However he should see spot minutes at SF. He could even see a few minutes as a small ball 4. I predict we will even see a dunk or 2 from Vince. SI’s Rohan Nadkarni recently interviewed Mr. Carter on his “aging gracefully“.
The major question is will Carter finish the season with the Atlanta Hawks? He recently spoke out against ring chasing, and says he expects to retire with the Hawks. However if a championship contending team, comes with a trade offer at the deadline, both Carter and the Hawks might be motivated to separate. It would particularly be difficult for Carter to resist a move back to a contending Toronto Raptors to finish where he started.
These scenarios are certainly just a few of the many scenarios, to keep an eye on this upcoming NBA season. Keep it logged in to ATL ALL Day for all of the latest news on the Atlanta Hawks and All of your favorite Atlanta sports teams. Don’t forget to download the FanSided app and favorite All Atlanta Sports.