Richard Jefferson honors Vince Carter by comparing him to Stephen Curry
There is one player remaining in the NBA who was drafted in the ’90s: Vince Carter.
However, with the league suspending play until further notice due to fear over the coronavirus, the Atlanta Hawks wing may have played his final game in the NBA.
Carter’s former New Jersey Nets teammate Richard Jefferson took to Instagram on Friday to pay homage to the future Hall-of-Famer, posting a commercial he did with Carter years ago and comparing his impact on the game to Stephen Curry’s:
“I used to argue with my college teammates that you were they GREATEST DUNKER of ALL-Time,” wrote Jefferson. “Only to be the Robin to your Batman a few years later in this commercial. What Steph did to the 3pt line you did to dunking. You pushed every athlete to see what they could do. Spinning opposite way, arm in the rim, and you made the dunk contest cool again. If you did played your last game Vince I just wanted to say thank you for all the excitement you brought to the game of basketball for the last 60 years.”
If this is the end for Carter, he will leave behind one of the most intriguing legacies in NBA history.
Carter has never won a championship, played in an NBA Finals or became the best player in the league at any point in time during his career. However, his scintillating performance at the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest will forever be remembered, as will his monstrous slam over Frederic Weis in the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Sure enough, a lot of his vicious throwdowns will be immortalized.
Vince Carter was never Michael Jordan. He was never Kobe Bryant. He was never LeBron James. But he is one of the most exciting NBA players to ever step on a basketball court, and no one can take that away from him nor the fans that grew up watching Air Canada/Vinsanity.