DeMarre Carroll
DeMarre Carroll
33-Year-Old ForwardF
Houston Rockets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Carroll inked a three-year, $21 million deal over the summer with San Antonio after spending the last two seasons in Brooklyn. He played a significant role for the Nets in 2017-18, but his role was scaled back last year, logging 25.4 minutes per night in only eight starts. Carroll averaged 11.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in his final season with Brooklyn, draining 1.6 threes per contest. He's not a particularly skilled shooter, and his points and made threes were in large part due to volume, with 4.6 of his 8.6 field goal attempts coming from beyond the arc. Carroll is a solid rebounder and useful for threes, but he's likely to get lost in the shuffle in San Antonio, playing behind DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge. He'll scrap for backup minutes with Rudy Gay, Trey Lyles and Lonnie Walker. Overall, and Carroll figures to see a significantly reduced role this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $811,447 contract with the Rockets in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

DeMarre LaEdrick Carroll was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the nephew of former Arkansas and Missouri men's basketball coach Mike Anderson. Carroll attended John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham, where he averaged 17.8 points and 9.1 rebounds as a junior. That season, John Carroll went 36-0 and claimed the state championship. As a senior, DeMarre Carroll posted per-game averages of 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds and helped his school to a second consecutive state title. He then scored a game-high 27 points in the annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game and was named MVP of the 2004 Alabama Class 6A State Tournament. Among other accolades, Carroll earned first team All-State, All-Area, All-Region, All-District and All-Metro recognition as a junior and senior. Carroll was diagnosed with liver disease when he was in college and later founded The Carroll Family Foundation (https://thecarrollfamilyfoundation.org/), which "focuses on education and raising funds toward developing enhanced preventives, diagnostic services and treatments for adolescents suffering from pediatric liver disease or disorders." Learn more about Carroll by following him on Twitter (@DeMarreCarroll1) and on Instagram (@demarrecarroll1).

College/International Summary

Carroll spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Vanderbilt and then transferred to Missouri for both the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. He saved the best for last, being named to the 2008-09 All-Big 12 First Team and 2009 All-Big 12 Tournament First Team while ultimately winning tournament MVP honors. Carroll helped lead the Tigers to the 2009 Big 12 tournament title and the 2009 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight as well. The Birmingham, Alabama native was second in the Big 12 in field goals (246) and two-point field goals (230). Furthermore, he led Missouri in points (629), rebounds (273), defensive rebounds (181), offensive rebounds (92), points per game (16.6), rebounds per game (7.2), defensive rebounds per game (4.8) and offensive rebounds per game (2.4). Carroll was selected in the first round (27th overall) by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2009 NBA Draft.

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FHouston Rockets
March 5, 2020
Carroll (illness) will be available for Thursday's game against the Clippers.
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Carroll had been nursing an illness that initially resulted in a questionable designation, but he'll be available Thursday night off the bench for one of the Rockets' biggest games of the season. However, Carroll did not appear in either of the team's last two games.
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2018

Carroll took on a new role during the 2018-19 campaign. In the five prior seasons, he started almost every game in which he played. By contrast, last season he started only eight times while coming off the bench in 59 contests. However, his overall minutes remained steady. Carroll still played 25.4 minutes per game, and he averaged 11.1 points per contest. It was the fifth time in the last six seasons in which the 6-foot-8 forward ended the season with a double-digit scoring average. Carroll made 39.5 percent of his field goals and 76.0 percent of his free throws. He notched 22 points three times, including twice in March. Overall, Carroll was a solid contributor for the Nets, and he appeared in all five of their postseason games. In Brooklyn's first-round series against Philadelphia, Carroll averaged 6.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest.

2017

Carroll moved on to his seventh NBA team when he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets prior to the 2017-18 season. With Brooklyn, the veteran forward played in 73 games, all as a starter, and averaged 29.9 minutes per contest. He enjoyed the best season of his career statistically, posting career highs with 13.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. On Jan. 19, Carroll tied his career high with 26 points in a win over Miami. He knocked down 9-of-12 field-goal attempts in that contest, including 3-of-5 tries from beyond the arc. Carroll tallied 14 double-doubles during the campaign, easily exceeding his total from his first six seasons combined. In one of those performances, he scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high 13 boards against Indiana on Dec. 23. Carroll also solidified his reputation as a sweet-shooting big man. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 2.0 three-pointers per game, the best mark of his career. He shot 37.1 percent from deep.

2016

Following an injury-plagued first season with Toronto, Carroll maintained good health during the 2016-17 campaign. He started all 72 games in which he played, averaging 26.1 minutes per contest. The 6-foot-8 forward registered per-game averages of 8.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists. He also averaged 1.1 steals per game, marking the fourth straight season in which he tallied at least one steal per contest. Carroll continued to be effective from deep, averaging 1.5 three-pointers per game and shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc. He recorded two double-doubles during the campaign, including an 18-point, 11-rebound effort against the Nets on Jan. 13. He scored a career-high 26 points against Houston on Jan. 8, adding eight rebounds and one steal. In that performance, he knocked down a career-high six three-pointers. Carroll played in 10 postseason games, posting per-game averages of 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds.

2015

After two successful seasons with Atlanta, Carroll signed a four-year contract with Toronto prior to the 2015-16 campaign. He immediately took over as the Raptors' starting small forward and tallied 14 points and eight rebounds in his debut with the club. Carroll went on to score in double-digits in 12 of his first 18 games to begin the season before a knee injury sidelined him in early December. Carroll returned for five games between late December and early January, but his knee continued to bother him and he ultimately required surgery that knocked him out of action until April 7. In his return, he scored five points and collected four steals against his previous team, the Atlanta Hawks. Overall, Carroll played in 26 games and averaged 30.2 minutes per contest during the regular season. He posted per-game averages of 11.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.8 three-pointers made. Despite playing in only three regular-season games after Jan. 3, Carroll filled a key role for the Raptors during the postseason. He played in 20 playoff games -- 19 as a starter -- and helped Toronto reach the Eastern Conference Finals. During the postseason, Carroll posted per-game averages of 8.9 points, 4.1 boards and 1.3 treys.

2014

After a breakout 2013-14 season, Carroll returned to Atlanta for the 2014-15 campaign. He started 69 of the 70 games in which he played, averaging 31.3 minutes per contest. Carroll raised his scoring averaging to a career-high 12.6 points per game while shooting a career-best 48.7 percent from the field. He also contributed 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game. The 6-foot-6 forward continued to evolve into a legitimate threat from beyond the arc, averaging a career-high 1.7 three-pointers per contest and shooting a solid 39.5 percent from deep. He collected three double-doubles on the season, including a 25-point, 10-rebound effort in a win over the Clippers on Dec. 23. On Feb. 9, Carroll scored a career-high 26 points, converting 9-of-13 field-goal attempts in a win over Minnesota. He was a key contributor during Atlanta's run to the Eastern Conference Finals in the postseason. In 16 playoff games (all starts), Carroll posted per-game averages of 14.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals. He converted 1.8 three-pointers per game during the postseason, making 40.3 percent of his attempts from deep.

2013

Carroll joined the Atlanta Hawks prior to the 2013-14 campaign. He was immediately handed a starting position and finished the season having started each of the 73 games in which he played. Carroll averaged 32.1 minutes per contest, nearly doubling his previous career high. The 6-foot-8 forward blew away his previous high marks with per-game averages of 11.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals. He also emerged as a dangerous outside shooter, making 1.3 three-pointers per game and nailing 36.2 percent of his attempts from deep. Overall, Carroll converted a career-best 47.0 percent of his field-goal attempts. He scored a career-high 22 points against the Knicks on Feb. 22, adding six rebounds and two steals in the win. Four days later, he scored 22 points again, going 8-for-11 from the field and grabbing seven boards. Carroll registered the first three double-doubles of his career during the campaign, including a 12-point, 11-rebound effort against New Jersey on April 11. In the postseason, he started all seven games of Atlanta's opening-round series against Indiana, averaging 8.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest.

2012

Following a successful run with Utah at the end of the 2011-12 season, Carroll returned to the Jazz for the 2012-13 campaign. He played in 66 games, averaging a career-high 16.8 minutes per contest. The 6-foot-8 forward posted per-game averages of 6.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.4 blocks -- all career highs. He also set a career-best mark by shooting 46.0 percent from the field. Carroll scored a career-high 19 points in a win over the Hornets on March 1. That performance was one of 15 times during the season in which he scored double-digit points.

2011

Carroll began the 2011-12 season with the Nuggets. In four games with Denver, he averaged three points across 5.1 minutes per contest. On Feb. 4, Carroll was waived by Denver. Four days later, Carroll signed with the Utah Jazz. His playing time grew considerably in Utah, as the forward started nine of the 20 games in which he played and averaged 16.4 minutes per contest. Carroll's production consequently increased to 4.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.6 steals per game for the Jazz. He was more productive in the postseason, posting per-game averages of 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 18.2 minutes across four playoff games.

2010

Carroll began his second NBA season providing depth for the Memphis Grizzlies. He played in seven games for the Grizzlies, averaging 1.4 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.6 minutes per contest. Carroll logged six games for the Dakota Thunder of the D-League between mid-December and early January, posting per-game averages of 18.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals. That performance caught the eye of the Houston Rockets, who traded for Carroll in late February. The 6-foot-8 forward played in five games for Houston, totaling 11 minutes. He dished two assists but did not accumulate any other counting stats before he was waived in mid-April.

2009

Carroll was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 27th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He played in 71 games during his rookie campaign, averaging 11.2 minutes per contest. Carroll posted per-game averages of 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds in his first NBA season. He made one start during the campaign, scoring seven points and grabbing four boards against Memphis on Dec. 28. On Oct. 30, he scored a season-high 12 points and corralled seven rebounds while racking up three steals in a win over Toronto. Carroll totaled 10 points, a season-high eight boards and three steals in a win over the Nets on March 8.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2009
    Drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 1st round (27th pick) of the 2009 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2009
    Signed a two-year rookie contract with the Grizzlies.
  • February 24, 2011
    Traded by the Memphis Grizzlies with Hasheem Thabeet and a 2013 1st round draft pick to the Houston Rockets for Shane Battier and Ish Smith.
  • April 11, 2011
    Waived by the Houston Rockets.
  • December 13, 2011
    Signed a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets.
  • February 4, 2012
    Waived by the Denver Nuggets.
  • February 8, 2012
    Signed a one-year deal with the Utah Jazz.
  • August 3, 2013
    Signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • July 9, 2015
    Signed a four-year contract with the Toronto Raptors.
  • July 13, 2017
    Traded by the Toronto Raptors with a 2018 1st round draft pickand a 2018 2nd round draft pick to the Brooklyn Nets for Justin Hamilton.
  • July 6, 2019
    Signed a three-year extension with the Brooklyn Nets.
  • February 17, 2020
    Agreed to a buyout with the Spurs and signed with the Rockets after clearing waivers.
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After a couple of average seasons with Toronto, the Raptors opted to ship Carroll, and the final two years of his four-year, $58 million deal, to the Nets in order to open up some cap space. Despite what appeared to be a team getting rid of an ugly contract, the Nets got plenty of value out of Carroll in his first season with the team. He started all 73 games he played in and became a potential standard league pickup due to his solid multi-category production. Carroll finished with career-high averages of 13.5 points per game, 6.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists, while he was also given free reign to launch from beyond the arc. The 32-year-old tallied yet another career high of 2.0 three-pointers made and posted a respectable 37.1 percent clip from downtown. His role doesn't appear to be in too much danger heading into the 2017-18 campaign. The Nets did add both Ed Davis and Kenneth Faried in free agency, who could be added to the mix at the power forward position. Despite starting at small forward, Carroll saw a ton of action at the four last year, so those two additions could get in the way of him matching his workload from a season ago. With all that said, expect Carroll to put up numbers similar to, or slightly down from, last year's output.
Going into the second year of a four-year, $58 million contract, Carroll ended up starting all 72 games he played in with the Raptors in 2016-17. However, his overall struggles and the solid play of youngster Norman Powell, eventually hurt his overall workload. Carroll averaged just 26.1 minutes per game, which was his lowest mark since the 2012-13 season. That translated to a decreased stat line across the board, and he finished with averages of just 8.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.1 steals and 1.5 made three-pointers per game. His three-point shooting that was particularly disappointing, as he shot just 34.1 percent from deep, which was down from 39 percent a year prior. He fell well below expectations, prompting the Raptors to trade him to the Nets in the offseason. The bad news for Carroll, aside from heading to a less-talented roster, is that he's not guaranteed a starting role in Brooklyn. The Nets also brought in Allen Crabbe and D'Angelo Russell this offseason, and they already had Jeremy Lin and Caris LeVert, so there's going to be a fierce competition at both guard spots, as well as small forward. With even more bodies fighting for minutes in Brooklyn than there were in Toronto, Carroll's numbers could take another hit.
The Raptors made a rare splash in free agency last season, inking Carroll to a four-year, $58 million contract to give the team a needed 3-and-D wing to complement their co-stars, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. While Toronto was able to roll to a franchise-record 56 wins, it's worth wondering how much better they would have been if Carroll, who missed 56 games, had been healthy over the course of the season. The 30-year-old never seemed comfortable after picking up a right knee contusion early on in the campaign that resulted in him getting shut down in December. When Carroll failed to show much improvement in the weeks that followed, it was ultimately determined arthroscopic surgery was necessary, which would sideline him until the tail end of the regular season. He would finish the injury-plagued season with averages of 11.0 points (on 38.9% shooting), 4.7 rebounds, 1.8 three-pointers, 1.7 steals and 1.0 assist in 30.2 minutes per game, with the mark from the field in particular limiting his overall impact. He still wasn't fully healthy in the Raptors' playoff run, either, but the team is hopeful that a full offseason to recuperate will yield a bounce-back year from the small forward. Assuming that he's able to largely avoid the knee issues that plagued him a season ago, Carroll holds some sleeper potential for what he'll provide in the points, three-pointers, rebounds and steals columns when healthy.
Carroll posted his second straight strong campaign as the Hawks' primary wing defender and a complementary piece on offense and was able to parlay that skill set into a four-year, $60 million contract from the conference rival Raptors. While the size of the contract might seem outrageous if you focus exclusively on Carroll's traditional stats, as he averaged a fairly modest 31 minutes, 12.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 1.7 three-pointers in 70 games last season while shooting 49 percent from the floor, 40 percent from three-point range, and 70 percent from the free-throw line, his defensive reputation more than justifies the deal, although some advanced metrics had him performing at a much higher level in 2013-14 than he did last season. He's also joining a roster that will provide him with much less support in his own end, as DeMar DeRozan and Patrick Patterson are a defensive downgrade from Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap. Nonetheless, the 29-year-old figures to play a significant role in the Raptors' starting five as a pure 3-and-D player, and Carroll will be a key part of the team's core as they attempt to get over the hump and push deeper into the postseason.
Carroll's first season in Atlanta was easily the best of his five-year NBA career. The journeyman forward quickly established himself as a starter for coach Mike Budenholzer and posted career-best numbers in games played (73), minutes (32), points (11.1), rebounds (5.5), assists (1.8), three-pointers made (1.3), and shooting (47 percent from the field). Carroll came into the season known primarily as a lock-down defender, so the scoring was a particularly nice surprise for a team missing its best player for much of the season. He may be hard-pressed to match those numbers this season, as the Hawks are much deeper on the wing after adding Thabo Sefolosha and Kent Bazemore to the mix over the summer.
Carroll has earned the reputation of defensive stopper. His hard-nosed play and ability to defend multiple positions makes him an invaluable commodity for Atlanta. He averaged 16.8 minutes as a teammate of Paul Millsap, both formerly of the Jazz last season. The two will again team up to provide contrasting styles. Carroll is not fantasy friendly in most leagues.
Carroll will serve time as a backup at both forward slots in 2010-11. His most productive periods last year came when either Rudy Gay or Zach Randolph was hobbled by injury, and the same will hold true for this season.
Carroll is an energy guy who should provide some frontcourt depth. He played in a high-octane offense at Mizzou, which could translate well to what the Grizzlies are trying to do.
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Dealing with illness
FHouston Rockets
Illness
March 4, 2020
Carroll is questionable for Thursday's game against the Clippers due to an illness, Adam Spolane of Sports Radio 610 Houston reports.
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Available Thursday
FHouston Rockets
February 20, 2020
Carroll is available for Thursday's game against the Warriors, Craig Ackerman of the Rockets' radio network reports.
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Expected to sign with Houston
FFree Agent
February 17, 2020
Carroll, who agreed to a contract buyout with the Spurs on Monday, is expected to sign a contract with the Rockets once he clears waivers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Eyeing buyout
FSan Antonio Spurs
February 17, 2020
Carroll suggested last week that he would be open to buyout from the Spurs if he's able to find another team more willing to give him playing time, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports. "I don't know what direction we are going to go," Carroll said, "but at the end of the day, at 33 [years old], I don't want to waste my talents just sitting at the end of the bench, knowing I could help a team produce."
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Good to go for Friday
FSan Antonio Spurs
January 23, 2020
Carroll (illness) is off the injury report ahead of Friday's matchup against the Suns, Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio reports.
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