SF Rank – #14
Position – SF | 6′ 8″, 212 lbs | Toronto Raptors
Born – Jul 27, 1986 in Birmingham, AL
Drafted – 2009: 1st Rnd, 27th by MEM
College – Missouri
Experience – 6 years
Sports Unbiased Staff G.F.R. Analysis
Ben Buchanan – Carroll signed a big 4 year deal with the Raptors this off-season. Carroll gained most of his money for being the perfect “glue guy” someone who can truly lock down a player, Carroll ranks among the top wing defenders in the league, but his game isn’t just defense though, he’s also a very good offensive threat. With Atlanta last season he averaged 12.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg, he did this while shooting 39.5 percent from 3 while making close to two a game. Carroll wasn’t utilized much with the Hawks in the Mike Budenholzer system– he was promised a big role with the Raptors so you can expect those numbers to rise.
Carroll’s presence was really felt with the Hawks in the 2015 NBA playoffs when he was their best player. He had a huge series against Brooklyn, where he tallied games of 20, 22, and 24 points, but he didn’t stop there. During the east semifinals, Carroll had games of 22, 24, and 25 versus the Wizards. Overall he averaged 17 ppg and 6 rpg in the playoffs, and he did all of this while shutting down top tier wing players.
Carroll’s fit with the Raptors is like the fit of a glove. He and DeRozan compliment each other almost perfectly so they should work together beautifully. If Carroll can continue to play like that with an expanded role on the Raptors the sky’s the limit for him.
Keith Rivas – In 2014, DeMarre Carroll was one of the best things that could’ve happened to the Atlanta Hawks. As a big part of the explosion out of ATL, Carroll finally gave the Hawks a player that was versatile enough to go toe-to-toe with even LeBron James and not flinch in the face of greatness.
Moving to his new team, the Toronto Raptors, will mean that Carroll will have to adjust again to the flow that Raptors basketball has been known to bring. Not to mention that Carroll is used to playing with an exceptional point guard in Jeff Teague, meaning that his own expectations out of Kyle Lowry will be where they need to be.
He’s the best kind of motivation an Eastern Conference franchise can find on the market right now.
Sauping R. Arguello – Carroll cashed in this off season signing a deal with the Raptors. His hard work payed off and will try to bring his gritty play to rub off in Toronto.