Vince Carter moves to 22nd place in all-time scoring list
At 41 years old, Sacramento Kings shooting guard Vince Carter is occasionally proving to everyone, through dunks and acrobatic layups, that he can still go up. Monday night, Carter’s climb won’t make the weekly Top 10 plays list but it was more significant than any of his above-the-rim forays this season.
With his timely 3-pointer near the end of the third frame during the Kings’ matchup with the Pistons, Carter moved up the All-Time scoring ladder. He’s now at the 22nd spot, overtaking the great Patrick Ewing in the process.
Watch the momentous play below:
— NBA (@NBA) March 20, 2018
Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post described the crowd’s reaction in one of his tweets:
Vince Carter gets a standing ovation here in Sacramento for passing Patrick Ewing for 22nd on the all-time scoring list.
This is a great testament to the longevity that Carter has displayed up to this point. Furthermore, while most players near his age are jumping ships or forcing their way into championship contenders, the former Slam Dunk champion is proving to be the consummate professional in leading this young Kings squad as their veteran leader throughout another losing season.
He started out as a high-flying phenom who brought Toronto in the minds of basketball fans during his days with the Raptors. While he’s sure to go down as one of the best dunkers in NBA history, Carter has also managed to evolve his game through the years.
He currently sits at number eight in the NBA’s all-time 3-pointers made list — three spots ahead of one of the best shooters the game has ever seen in Dallas Mavericks great Dirk Nowitzki. On the season, Carter is averaging 5.4 points in 17 minutes per game for the Kings.