There's a 6-foot-9 forward Golden State Warriors fans should keep an eye on this summer, and it's not Kevin Durant.
Nope, it's Robert Carter Jr., an undrafted free agent playing for the Warriors' summer league team.
With the best roster in basketball, Warriors fans may not care too much about a rookie trying to make the training camp roster, but Carter is earning good reviews.
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1.5 days later & I'm more excited about Robert Carter & Pat McCaw than KD. I'm officially a hoops nerd.— Jake Clark (@mrclarkinc) July 6, 2016
Two questions: Who is he and can he make the team?
For the first answer, Rusty Simmons of SFGate.com writes:
Carter is one of the few members on the Warriors' summer-league team with a legitimate chance of earning a training-camp invite in September. The 22-year-old scored 12.4 points on 54.9 percent shooting and averaged 7.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 blocked shots as a junior at Maryland. He is 6-foot-9, with a 7-3 wingspan and has worked to get from 280 pounds to 251 with 12.5 percent body fat.
Carter even drew comparisons to Draymond Green at Maryland.
When I profiled Carter in February, talked about him projecting similarly to Draymond Green. Now, may back him up https://t.co/NGGa3OEpG3— Noah Frank (@NoahFrankWTOP) July 8, 2016
Carter says people are sleeping on him because he wasn't drafted, but he reportedly discouraged teams that wanted to take him in the second round and stash him in Europe. That gamble so far has paid off, and he says he's right where he wants to be.
"I don't think a lot of people understand the decision I made," Carter told Simmons. "A lot of people just see that I went undrafted. I just decided to come to this great organization and try to come through the back door a little bit. Hopefully, they'll like me enough to keep me around."
The Warriors are 13 deep after re-signing Ian Clark and James Michael McAdoo -- also undrafted players -- to minimum-salary contracts. That's what Carter would command, and how he could get a roster spot.
So can he make the Warriors?
Well, the bloggers at SB Nation's Maryland site think Carter's NBA-ready, praising his offensive skills, versatility for a player his size, and his work ethic. Bleacher Report's C.J. Moore wrote back in June that Carter could be a Marreese Speights.
Sounds like his chances are pretty good. Carter seems to think so.
"It's perfect," he told Simmons. "I'm so excited about where the NBA is going. My whole life I've been versatile and been able to do a bunch of different things. The NBA is moving toward those things. I think my game translates very well."