My original assessment of DeMarre Carroll during the Trade series of articles:
Small Forward DeMarre Carroll 6ft 8in – Carroll is an energetic player that earned some starts last year for the Jazz. He does tremendously well as a role player, and due to his streaky game play, will do great coming off the bench. His 1 year $885,120.00 salary makes him idea for retaining as a player or using him in a trade with his huge upside. His trade value – B, value as a player for the Jazz B, likely hood of being traded – C
In a recent poll we asked What one year contract would you like to see the Utah Jazz re-sign? To which DeMarre Carroll ranked a distant second of five players listed. This is just Carroll’s third year in the NBA, and shows tremendous upside and potential. However Carroll isn’t progressing as quickly as many hoped. There is proof that he is progressing, this season he has averaging a carrier high 5.6 points per game, averaging of 17.1 minutes per game. Though he is hitting carrier highs in several categories like field goal percentage (.445), rebounds (118), assists (30), steals (33), and blocks (14). His three point shooting and free throw percentages have dipped a little, it is clear by his numbers that those percentages don’t mean much against the fact that he is taking more shots this season.
I’m not sure if Carroll is ever going to develop into a high scoring starter, but at this point it seems like he is forming into a nice role player. Considering his very affordable salary, how young he is, and his potential, I think we should strongly consider re-signing him.