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Hawks’ Vince Carter becomes second-oldest player to start an opener

Vince Carter, Hawks

Another NBA season, another NBA opener, another milestone for Atlanta Hawks forward Vince Carter.

Carter started for the Hawks at the power forward spot in their season opener against the New York Knicks, and in doing so, the 20-year veteran became the second-oldest player to start an opener in NBA history.

According to Justin Kubatko of StatMuse, only Robert Parish tops Carter’s career milestone. Carter is currently 41 years and 264 days old, while Parish started a season opener at 42 years and 65 days old.

The eight-time NBA All-Star, who is now in his 21st season in the league, also tied the record for the most seasons played overall. He joins Parish, Kevin Willis and Kevin Garnett in the elite club. Dallas Mavericks icon Dirk Nowitzki is slated to get into the list as well.

Carter is currently in his eighth team since being selected fifth overall in the 1998 NBA Draft. He played in 58 games (five starts) for the Sacramento Kings last season, averaging 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

He has career averages of 17.7 points, 4.5 boards, 3.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game.