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Grizzlies’ Jevon Carter was thrilled to have his NBA debut

Jevon Carter

There is almost surely no better feeling for an NBA player than stepping on the hardwood for the first time in their career.

Memphis Grizzlies rookie guard Jevon Carter experienced that on Saturday night in his team’s loss to the Houston Rockets, and, as one would expect, he seemed thrilled, per The Associated Press:

“It was just good to be out there,” Carter said of his debut, when he guarded Harden and Chris Paul. “It was fun. I’m a competitor. I want to play against the best and at this level, that’s just what it’s going to be night-in and night-out.”

Sure, his team may have taken the loss, but Carter was pretty terrific in his debut.

The 23-year-old posted 11 points and two steals over 22 minutes of action, making five of his nine field goal attempts. This came after Carter spent the first two months of the season with the Grizzlies’ G League affiliate, the Memphis Hustle.

Carter, who played his collegiate basketball at West Virginia University, was selected by Memphis in the second round (32nd pick overall) of the NBA Draft in June.

The Maywood, Il. native was a rare four-year college player who enjoyed a breakout year during his senior campaign, averaging 17.3 points, 6.6 assists, 4.6 rebounds and three steals across 35.5 minutes a night while shooting 42.2 percent from the floor, 39.3 percent from 3-point range and 85.8 percent from the free-throw line.

Carter was also impressive in the G League, starting all 12 games he played for the Hustle and registering 18.6 points, 5.4 boards, 5.1 dimes and 3.3 steals through 33.3 minutes a night while making 42.1 percent of his shots, 36.5 percent of his triples and 81.1 percent of his foul shots.