Bobcats Sign Shooting Guard Matt Carroll

February 23, 2005

The Bobcats have signed shooting guard Matt Carroll and placed Steve Smith on the injured list due to right knee tendinitis.

“We like Matt’s ability to shoot the ball, and his innate competitiveness,” Bickerstaff said. "The guy can score and he can really shoot the basketball.”

Carroll topped the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) with 20.1 points in 24 games for Roanoke. He also averaged 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 31.7 minutes. He scored an NBDL season-high 43 points against the Florida Flame on February 9 and was named NBDL Player of the Month in January after averaging 22.3 points. After January 1, he led Roanoke to a 14-4 record and into first place in the NBDL.

“I am elated to join the Charlotte Bobcats and I want to thank Bernie Bickerstaff for showing confidence in me to compete at the NBA level,” Carroll said. “I will work hard and contribute to this team in whatever way is asked.”

The 6-6, 212 pound guard has also connected on .503 percent from the field this season (177-352) and .605 percent from the three-point line (23-38), despite the NBDL’s experimental rule that prohibits three-point field goals from counting until the last three minutes of each quarter and during an overtime period.

Carroll played this preseason with Golden State and was released just before the regular season after he averaged 2.8 points and 1.0 rebounds in six games. A year ago, Carroll signed with Portland early in the season and played 13 games with the Trail Blazers before joining Roanoke in the NBDL. During his initial stint with Roanoke, he averaged 15.5 points and 2.8 rebounds before being signed on March 8 by San Antonio, where played in three games. Overall, he has appeared in 16 career NBA games and averaged 1.2 points in 4.4 minutes.

Smith has played in 37 games this season and averaged 7.9 points in 17.2 minutes. He ranks 11th in the NBA in three-point shooting with a .422 percentage behind the arc.