Howard Carter

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Howard Carter
Position: Guard
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 215
Nationality: American
Born: 10/26/1961
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, LA
Draft: 1st Round
Drafted By: Denver Nuggets
College: Louisiana State University
NBA Career: 1983-1985
Mavs Tenure: 1984-1985

Howard Carter was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks on August 23, 1984, from the Denver Nuggets, in exchange for waiving their right of first refusal on guard Elston Turner.

Carter attended LSU where he helped lead the Tigers to the Final Four in 1981 and back-to-back NIT appearances in 1982 and 1983. He started all but the first two games of his freshman year and was twice named second team All-American.

He still holds the school record for minutes played in a career at 4,276 and is third all-time leading scorer at LSU with 1,942, one point more than Shaquille O'Neal who has 1,941. Carter's scoring average grew every year from 10.5 points per game his freshman year to 17.6 ppg as a senior. He was voted first-team all-SEC in 1982 and second-team all-SEC in 1981 and 1983.

The USA basketball team selected Carter, along with Michael Jordan, John Paxson and future Maverick Charlie Sitton to play on the USA FIBA 50th Anniversary tournament team in June of 1982. The team played five games visiting Switzerland, Hungary and Yugoslavia.

The Denver Nuggets selected Carter in the first round of the 1983 NBA draft. He got off to a fast start as a pro averaging 11.2 ppg over his first eleven games. As a rookie, he appeared in 55 games, scoring in double figures in eleven of his 55 games, and finished the season averaging 6.2 ppg and 1.3 assists per game.

Carter joined the Mavericks the next season and played a total of 11 games, off the bench, before being waived in December of 1984. He scored a Mavs career-high with 3 points against the Houston Rockets on 10/30/84. This was the only game he scored and finished his 11-game Mavs career with a 0.8 points per game average.

Following his stint with the Mavericks, Carter went on to play almost a decade in France, helping his teams win three French league championships and ultimately taking out French citizenship. He completed his career with a single season in Greece.

He was named a member of LSU's All-Decade team for the '80s, was elected to the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994 and returned to Baton Rouge in 2009 to play in an alumni reunion game celebrating 100 years of LSU basketball.

In March of 2011, Carter (representing LSU) was one of 12 former SEC greats making up the 2011 Class of SEC Basketball Legends at the mens postseason basketball tournament in Atlanta.