Vince Carter joined the NBA in 1998 and became must-see television from the moment he stepped on the floor for the Toronto Raptors. The man who used to literally jump out of gyms averaged 18.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists as a rookie en route to winning the 1998-99 Rookie of the Year Award.
Since his rookie season, Carter has enjoyed a Hall of Fame career despite not winning an NBA championship. Vinsanity has career NBA averages of 16.7 points, 4.3 boards and 3.1 assists. He has made the All-Star team eight times and given fans world-class dunks for the majority of his playing career.
From 1999 to 2007, Vinsanity was arguably one of the best players in the NBA. He averaged 24.6 points over 571 games during that span with the Raptors and New Jersey Nets. Carter also played in 42 postseason games from 2000 to 2007, putting up 25.9 points and finishing his overall playoff career with numbers of 18.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 88 contests.
Carter’s performance in the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest is the stuff of legends. Every future Dunk Contest contestant is measuring themselves against Air Canada because the show Carter put on that year will never be forgotten in NBA history.
Even Vince’s cousin, Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, couldn’t believe what Carter did that night and T-Mac was teammates with Half-Man/Half-Amazing at the time on the Raptors. McGrady saw Carter’s acrobatics every day in practice and was still amazed at what he witnessed.
If the 2019-20 regular season doesn’t resume or if the Atlanta Hawks won’t be able to join the possible re-start of the campaign, Vince Carter’s legendary NBA career has reached its end. However, it has undoubtedly been one helluva ride for the former North Carolina Tar Heel superstar.
V.C. has traveled the world and played for a number of NBA teams while always giving it his all. Carter has suited up for the Raptors, Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Hawks during his storied NBA career, appearing in 1,541 regular-season games.
Considering you can’t talk about the NBA and its history without mentioning Carter, it seems fair to call Vince one of the best basketball players of all-time. With that being said, we rank Vince Carter in the high 70s when discussing the top 100 players to ever play in the NBA.
While his lack of championships is certainly a hole in his resumé, there’s no denying Carter’s overall contributions to the game of basketball. He is one of, if not the most exciting player of his generation and no one can ever take that away from him.