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Basketball world reacts to Vince Carter’s retirement

Vince Carter

Vince Carter, arguably the best in-game dunker in NBA history, announced his retirement from pro basketball on Thursday.

The basketball world took to Twitter to congratulate Carter on his Hall of Fame career.

Vince Carter finishes his NBA career with averages of 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 1,541 games. Carter was an eight-time All-Star and the 1999 Rookie of the Year with the Toronto Raptors.

Along with the Raptors, Carter also played for the New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks. The man they call Half-Man/Half-Amazing made over $172 million through NBA contracts, per Spotrac.

Every basketball fan will always remember where they were when Carter put on a show in the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest. Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, who is Carter’s cousin and was on the Raptors at the time, was in awe during the Dunk Contest and he’s seen the best of Carter for years behind the scenes.

Carter, who played his college ball at UNC, also jumped over someone during USA basketball. It’s safe to say no one is going to touch this dunk from Vinsanity.

It’s unfortunate Vince Carter was never able to play in the NBA Finals. The high-flyer never wanted to ring chase toward the end of his career despite fans’ plea that he should have.

The next stop for Carter is the Hall of Fame.