Carroll Ready to Fight for Playing Time
For a month with the Jazz during the 2011-12 season, (DeMarre) Carroll finally made it work. After quietly being signed midseason and stuck on Utah’s bench for 21 forgettable games, the former Missouri standout was given a real shot in March and quickly came to life. Carroll averaged 6 points and 3 rebounds during the Jazz’s last 13 regular-season games, playing a key role in Utah’s resilient push for the postseason and only losing his spot in the starting rotation when the Jazz faced San Antonio in the first round.
Now, Carroll’s climb will begin again. Utah still hasn’t settled on a starting small forward, and the 6-foot-8, 212-pound hustler from Birmingham, Ala., plans to cash in on coach Tyrone Corbin’s often-repeated statement that all five of the Jazz’s primary roles are up for grabs when camp opens in October.
“I’ve been doing it my whole life,” said Carroll, following a Junior Jazz appearance Monday at the Trojan Legacy Center near Morgan High School. “Guys like me, there’s a lot of need for guys like me in the NBA.”