As the NBA season is set to restart on July 30th in Orlando, basketball fans from all over the world say goodbye to one of the biggest active legends in the league, Vince Carter. It has been 22 years since Vinsanity’s debut as a Toronto Raptor, and at his age of 43 years old, Carter retires from the NBA after the Atlanta Hawks, his current team, have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, being the last remaining NBA player drafted in the 90’s. This is, literally, the end of an era in the NBA, and we need to acknowledge it.
Vince Carter came to the NBA in 1998, out of North Carolina, and quickly became one of the fan’s favorites, due to his killer instinct and acrobatic style. In fact, Carter will always be remembered as one of the best dunkers in the game. He won the Rookie of the Year Award in the 1998-1999 season and in his second, in 2000, he was crowned Slam-Dunk Champion during the All-Star Break. Carter was in the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1999, he never made the All-NBA First Team, but he was in the All-NBA Second Team in 2001 and in the All-NBA Third Team a year before, in 2000. Internationally, Vince Carter represented the United States National Basketball Team in the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics, as well as the 2003 FIBA Americas Championship, winning the gold medal both times.
The Toronto Raptors were his first home, and many will remember him wearing that iconic uniform from back in the day, but in fact, Carter ended up playing in a total of 8 teams in his 22-year career, and only the first 5 he spent in Toronto. Many expected him to return and retire as a Raptor, but it just never happened, he was there for 6 years only, and then played 16 more years in other franchises.
These are the teams that Vince Carter played for in his career:
Toronto Raptors, 1998-2004
New Jersey Nets, 2004-2009
Orlando Magic, 2009-2010
Phoenix Suns, 2010-2011
Dallas Mavericks, 2011-2014
Memphis Grizzlies, 2014-2017
Sacramento Kings, 2017-2018
Atlanta Hawks, 2018-2020
Vince Carter’s career individual stats
This Daytona Beach native entered the NBA at 22 years old and retires at 43, after playing in a total of 1541 games and starting in 983 of them. Out of his 22 seasons, he played the complete 82 games only twice, in 1999-2000 with the Raptors and then in 2006-2007 with the Nets. In the end, he averaged 16.7 points per game, due to his low numbers in the last 6 seasons, when he started in just a few games, but his highest scoring season was 2000-2001 with the Raptors, when he averaged 27.6 points per game. He retires with 4.3 average rebounds per game and 3.1 assists, with 30.1 minutes per game and a 43.5% field goal rate.
With this quick review we say goodbye to one of the most charismatic NBA players in recent times, but we know it’s not the last we’ll see of him. Vince Carter will, for sure, be in the NBA Hall of Fame soon, and we will honor him again that day, when he joins the best of the best, to be remembered eternally.