Vince Carter Makes History for Longest NBA Career

The Marathon Continues... Vince Carter has re-signed with the Atlanta Hawks, making the 42-year old the first person to play in the NBA for 22 seasons.

During his first 21 seasons, Carter played with many teams such as the New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, and Sacramento Kings. His most memorable stint may have come with the Toronto Raptors, where he played from 1998-2004. It is argued that he may be the greatest Raptor ever. It is in Toronto where we were in awe of his jumping and dunking abilities. Carter was initially drafted by the Warriors from the UNC Tar heels in the 1998 NBA draft, but was traded before the season started to the Raptors for Antwan Jamison. That year, he was also the Rookie of the Year.

Vince Carter signing his new deal with the Hawks. Image Source: NBA

Once we reach 2020, Vince Carter will be the first player ever to have actually played in 4 decades: 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s.

Early in his career, he became a star as Rookie of the Year with the Toronto Raptors. Before being recognized as the Rookie of the Year, Carter was also Mr. Basketball in the State of Florida. Other accolades for his career include: being a gold medalist on the 2000 U.S. Men's Basketball team, being on the All-NBA Third team and All-NBA Second team in 2001 and 2000 respectively. He has also been an 8x All-star and a slam dunk champion. Over his career, he has averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals, playing over 30 minutes a game.

Carter is beating father-time on the court; he has evolved from just a dunker to one of the top 3-point shooters the game has seen. Currently, he is number 7 all-time on the 3-pointers made list, only 16 from taking over the 6th spot. Let's see if this is his last season or he plays for the 2020-2021 season.

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