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Grizzlies rookie Jevon Carter needs surgery for torn right thumb ligament

Jevon Carter

Memphis Grizzlies second-round pick Jevon Carter is out indefinitely after suffering a freak hand injury in a recent workout, according to Michael Wallace of Grizzlies.com.

That Carter is required to go under the knife to fix the injury highly suggests that the rookie will be out for a significant amount of time. The Grizzlies have yet to release a timetable for Carter, but he’s likely going to be sidelined for weeks. Perhaps the best the Grizzlies could hope for is that the pesky guard out of West Virginia will be ready once the 2018-19 season kicks off this October.

This is frustrating news for Carter, who played well in the recently concluded Summer League. In seven games played during the event, Carter averaged 11.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.1 steals per contest.

Carter’s best asset is his defense. His ability to force turnovers and keep the pressure on his assignments are qualities that definitely caught the eyes of the Grizzlies during June’s NBA Draft. In college, Carter was among the nation’s leader in steals with 2.9 swipes per game, which was also tops in the Big 12.

Carter’s injury leaves Shelvin Mack and Andrew Harrison as the top competitors for the role of Mike Conley’s main backup at the point guard position.