Hawks news: Lloyd Pierce shocked Vince Carter wasn’t named honorary All-Star
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Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce shocked Vince Carter wasn’t named honorary All-Star

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Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce is surprised the NBA didn’t name Vince Carter as an honorary All-Star.

Carter, though, is somewhere smiling since he said before the season started he didn’t want to be one:

Carter is playing in his final NBA season. Last season, Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki were named honorary All-Stars since it was their last year in the league.

However, Carter said in the offseason he only wanted to be in the All-Star game if his play with the Hawks was worthy of a spot.

Carter has appeared in 47 games this season. He’s averaging 5.2 points and 2.2 rebounds while shooting 34.8 percent from the field, 27.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Carter entered the league back in 1998 with the Toronto Raptors. As of Tuesday (Feb. 10), he has career averages of 16.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists with the Raptors, New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn Nets), Orlando Magic, Phoenix SunsDallas MavericksMemphis GrizzliesSacramento Kings and Hawks.

Carter has been getting standing ovations in all road arenas this season. After all, fans want to pay homage to an NBA legend.

The Hawks likely won’t make the playoffs, which is unfortunate because it would have been fun to watch Vinsanity play in the postseason one final time.

It’s been fun to watch Carter age gracefully in the NBA. Not everyone can do it, especially guys who used to be superstars like Vince.

The Hawks acquired Clint Capela from the Houston Rockets. The center is currently out with an injury, but everyone in Atlanta is excited about Capela’s future with star Trae Young at the controls.

Young is already one of the best passers in the NBA. One can only imagine how many open dunks Capela is going to get playing with Young in Atlanta and in Pierce’s system.