The Brooklyn Nets continued their offseason makeover Friday by officially announcing the addition of defensive-minded guard Jevon Carter, whom they acquired in a draft-day deal with the Phoenix Suns for Landry Shamet. Brooklyn also officially announced the addition of former North Carolina big man Day’Ron Sharpe, whom they introduced earlier this week along with first-round pick Cam Thomas of LSU.
The 6-foot-1 Carter appeared in 157 games (six starts) across three seasons with Phoenix (2019-21) and Memphis (2018-19), recording averages of 4.5 points on 38.6 percent shooting from the field, 38.1 percent from 3-point range and 80.3 percent from the free-throw line, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 14.3 minutes per game.
Carter enjoyed a decorated collegiate run at West Virginia, earning Big 12 All-Defensive team honors four times, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors twice, second-team All-American honors as a senior and finished his career as West Virginia’s all-time leader in steals.
Carter, who has two years left on his contract, joins a Nets backcourt that will feature James Harden, Kyrie Irving and new addition Patty Mills, as well as returning reserve Bruce Brown and first-round draft pick Cam Thomas.
“Jevon, he’s excited about being there, going from one contending team to another team,” West Virginia assistant coach Larry Harrison said Friday by phone.
Carter did not play much for Phoenix when coach Monty Williams shortened his rotation during the run to the NBA Finals, but could be a change-of-pace, defensive-oriented guard for Brooklyn.
“I think he’ll be that guard, kind of like Bruce Brown, that goes in and changes the tempo of the game on the defensive end and do all the little things that will help them win,” Harrison said. “He’s capable of making open shots from the perimeter. He changes the game on the defensive end so when you get a Kyrie and a Harden doing their thing on the offensive, I think JC will change the tempo and add some toughness and aggressiveness on the defensive end.”
With Deuce McBride now on the Knicks and Carter on the Nets, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins now has players on each of New York’s teams.
“We were just all talking about now when we come to New York, we’ve got two of our guys that we can go see play or practice or spend some time with so it’s not very often that you have players on two different teams but they’re in the same city,” Harrison said.
Shamet was acquired by the Nets from the Los Angeles Clippers as part of a three-team trade on Nov. 19, 2020. In his lone season in Brooklyn, Shamet saw action in 61 games (12 starts), registering averages of 9.3 points on 40.8 percent shooting from the field, 38.7 percent shooting from 3-point range and 84.6 percent shooting from the free-throw line, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 23.0 minutes per game. He also appeared in all 12 of Brooklyn’s 2021 playoff games, averaging 4.2 points in 17.2 minutes per contest. Shamet has played in 193 games (69 starts) across three seasons with Brooklyn, the Clippers (2019-20) and Philadelphia (2018-19), notching averages of 9.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 24.1 minutes per game.