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Vince Carter proving key to Mavs' core

Dallas' veteran guard has been at his best when he has his back to the basket

Updated: February 9, 2012, 3:13 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DENVER -- Everybody figured the Dallas Mavericks would need a veteran newcomer to emerge as a major impact player to have a chance to repeat with a renovated roster.

We all just had the wrong guy in mind.

As Lamar Odom continues to be a bit player, Vince Carter has established himself as a key part of the Mavs' core. That's been clear since the early stages of the season, even when the man who ranks 34th in NBA history with 20,750 points was getting his shot to fall, but it was never ...

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