While Carter will go down as another All-time great to never win a ring, he will forever be immortalized for bringing excitement in Canada during his early years with the Toronto Raptors in the early 2000s.
Air Canada, Vinsanity, Half-Man, Half-Amazing, whatever nickname you choose to remember him by, there’s no doubt that Carter left a huge imprint in the league.
Given that he holds the record for most seasons played in the NBA, Carter has accumulated a massive amount of wealth from his basketball career. He suited up for a total of eight teams, with pit stops with the Raptors, Nets, Magic, Suns, Mavericks, Grizzlies, Kings, and the Hawks.
The 43-year-old athletic marvel is worth $110 million in 2020, per CelebrityNetworth.com.
Carter cashed in huge amounts of dough at the height of his popularity in the 2000s. His peak yearly salary was in the 2011-12 season with the Phoenix Suns, where he collected a cool $18 million. That is a rather modest number give Carter’s stature, but he was past his prime back then.
Before he accepted short-term deals at the tail-end of his career, VC previously inked multi-year contracts. The Raptors game him a 6-year, $90 million contract back in 2001. Upon his trade to the New Jersey Nets in 2004, Carter re-signed with the team for $62 million for four years.
All in all, Carter is estimated to have earned roughly around $180 million in base salary alone.
Carter entered the league with a deal in place with Puma for $50 million in 10 years. However, his stock massively rose after that explosive rookie season and became a sought-after commodity for shoe companies. Carter terminated his obligations with Puma after citing that wearing it “hurt his feet”.
He had to shell out $13.5 million in damages but was able to get out of his deal and sign with Nike heading into his sophomore season. The exact figures of his initial deal with Nike remain uncertain, but it’s clear he accumulated massive amounts following the success of his signature Nike Shox shoes.
Even in the latter stages of his career, Carter was believed to be raking in around $5 million in endorsements annually.
Vince Carter poured in his heart and soul to the game of basketball, and it certainly rewarded him back by making him rich beyond his means.