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Hawks’ DeAndre’ Bembry excited to play with Vince Carter in final season

Hawks, Vince Carter, DeAndre' Bembry

Atlanta Hawks swingman DeAndre’ Bembry is looking forward to playing alongside Vince Carter in what is likely the 42-year-old’s final season in the NBA.

Carter recently agreed to return to Atlanta where he spent the past year. However, according to reports, Carter will enter the 2019-20 season with expectations that he will retire at the end of the campaign.

Bembry, who has been with the Hawks since being drafted in 2016, is happy that he will be able to spend time with Carter and see him retire. The 25-year-old forward added that VC was his favorite player growing up.

Carter is known as one of the most influential athletes of the 2000s. He rose into stardom with the Toronto Raptors, though his claim to fame was his gravity-defying dunks that electrified every arena that he played in. Carter also won the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk contest.

Although he’s no longer the ultra-athletic high-flyer he once was, Carter can still contribute. Besides being a mentor and a positive locker room presence for the Hawks last season, he also put up 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists on 41.9 percent shooting from the field and 38.9 percent clip from beyond the arc.

In 21 seasons so far, Carter has averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 boards and 3.2 dimes. The Florida native will enter a record-breaking 22nd season in the NBA and could become the first player in NBA history to play in four different decades once he suits up in 2020.