Despite a tremendous showing at the NBA Scouting Combine last month, Robert Carter still didn’t hear his name called on Thursday evening.
According to reports, Carter quickly found a home as he agreed to terms on a free agent contract with the Golden State Warriors. Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com was the first to report the news.
Carter was projected to be drafted mid-to-late second round, according to many different draft publications. However, Carter failed to hear his name called, which could’ve had a lot to do with the fact that a ton of international players were selected.
After transferring from Georgia Tech, Carter had a very strong junior campaign with Maryland. As the team’s primary power forward, he averaged 12.3 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds.
Carter showed a very well-rounded game that was highlighted by his length and ability to play multiple positions. He scored in double figures in all but 11 games throughout the 2015-16 season.
Carter will land on a Golden State team that is fresh off a NBA Finals Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, Carter could be the primary backup to forward Draymond Green if he can make the team out of training camp.
On Thursday night, the Warriors also selected Vanderbilt center Damian Jones with the final pick in the opening round. It’s clear that Golden State is adding frontcourt help because Festus Ezeli will be a free agent this summer and Andrew Bogut isn’t getting any younger.
Carter will likely participate in the NBA Summer League for the Warriors and that could give him valuable experience heading into his rookie campaign. Only time will tell, but this appears to be a great landing spot for the former Terp.