After 22 incredible seasons in the NBA, spanning over four different decades, 43-year-old Vince Carter has called it a career. In a podcast interview via The Ringer Network, Carter left no doubt about his playing days being over and said:
“I’m officially done playing basketball professionally.”Vince Carter
The news is somewhat a formality, as Carter repeatedly expressed throughout this season that this year would be his last in the NBA. From the beginning of his career, it was nearly impossible not to catch yourself without a dropped jaw. His long-lasting impact on the game may be the “Vinsanity” craze that came about early in his career thanks to his highlight-reel dunks and exciting style of play.
Carter was selected fifth overall in the 1998 NBA draft out of North Carolina and won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 1999. He was named an All-Star in six of his seven seasons in Toronto and averaged 23.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. He got traded to the New Jersey Nets, where he still remained productive but never was able to reach the NBA Finals. But he did help the Raptors and Nets reach the Playoffs three times during his tenure.
Vince ranks third on the NBA’s All-Time list with 1,541 regular-season games played and is 19th on the All-Time scoring list with 25,728 points, making him a strong Hall of Fame candidate. He’s also in the top 10 in virtually every category in Raptors history. But after all that, let us sit back, relax, and enjoy this spectacular highlight reel of Vince Carter’s career.
Catch you Monday.