With the approval of the 22 team format to restart the NBA season, Vince Carter has officially played his final game, and his long career has finally come to an end. Carter's career would have been a few months longer, but due to Covid-19, it got cut short.
Carter, who has spent 22 years in the NBA on 8 different NBA teams, has a lot to look back at, starting with his last NBA game! When Carter checked in for the last time, Hawks fans and players did not know if this would be Carter's last game, so they took it for granted. Turns out, this was his last game and the last shot he would take in his long NBA career. Here is a clip of the last shot he took in the NBA! This was probably one of his most memorable shots!
The 6'6 shooting guard and small forward who was born in Daytona Beach, Florida, is the only player in NBA history to play 22 seasons, and to play in 4 different decades. Carter, who was the oldest active player in the NBA and was known as one of the greatest dunkers of all time, is now headed to the Hall of Fame with ease. Vince Carter, who was drafted 5th overall by the Warriors in the 1998 NBA draft, has played on the Raptors, Nets, Magic, Suns, Mavericks, Grizzlies, Kings, and the Hawks. Carter won Rookie of the Year in his first season in which he was on the Raptors. After that, there was no looking back! Carter was a 8x All Star, and was even a Slam Dunk Contest Champion in the memorable 2000 dunk contest! Here are Carter's highlights from the most famous dunk contest!
Here is a look at Carter's final stats!
Carter lives with no regret. Carter has built a great relationship with fans, and he is proud of that. Also, Carter is not bothered that he does not have a ring in the 22 years he has played in the NBA. Below is what Carter had to say about never ring chasing.
“It just wasn’t my thing. It’s just something that I wasn’t interested in doing. I mean to be a part of a team where I feel like I can help out, and play some minutes, is what I wanted to do,” the Hawks vet said when asked why he never chased a ring.
“I just wanted to play. You know? Yes I could lend my wisdom, and be an unbelievable mentor for guy. But sometimes showing is better than telling. You know? What you’re talking about in game situations, or positioning. Whatever the case may be. So it was just kind of one of those things that I just didn’t want to do, and I don’t think I could handle. I would be miserable as a player. Just because I love competing. I mean, anybody who watches me play, I can’t just sit down and just watch the game.”
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Overall, it is sad that Carter could not have played a few more games due to the pandemic which cut the Hawks season short. However, Carter could not have ended his career any better besides winning the Finals on your last game. What a career and what a way to end it! One of the best leaders and dunkers to ever play in the NBA is signing out!