“The Vinsanity” Vincent Lamar Carter Jr. (born January 26, 1977) is a former American professional basketball player.
He is 6ft 6in (1.98m) tall and plays both shooting guard and small striker, but he is sometimes played in power during the latter part of his career. Carter is the only player in NBA history to have played 22 seasons and the only one to have played in four different decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s). At 43, he was the last active NBA player to be born in the 1970s. Carter was ranked among the greatest dunkers of all time.
A high school McDonald’s All-American, Carter played college basketball for three years with the North Carolina Tar Heels and twice qualified for the Final Four of the NCAA tournament. He was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors, who traded to the Toronto Raptors.
Carter has become a star in Toronto. He associated the NBA Rookie of the Year Award 1999 and competed in the Slam Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend 2000. or. He entertained the crowds with his ability to jump and slam dunks, earning family names such as “Vinsanity”, “Air Canada” and “Half Man, Half Amazing”. In December 2004, Carter was traded to the New Jersey Nets, where he continued to produce large numbers. Carter has also played for the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks. Received the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award in 2016 Carter is an eight-time NBA All-Star.
Off the field, Carter established the Embassy of Hope Foundation, helping children and their families in Florida, New Jersey and Ontario. e was also recognized in 2000 as the Children’s Advocate of the Year by the Children’s Home Society, and received the Points of Light Award from the Governor of Florida in 2007 for his philanthropy in his home state.
13 Facts About Vince Carter
- The first college recruiter to meet with Vince was Hank Raymonds from Marquette. He was recruiting Vince’s Uncle Oliver while two-year-old Vince sat on the coach’s lap.
- Vince wanted to wear number 23 like Michael Jordan when he was a teenager. His parents suggested that he choose another number and “make him famous”. He chose 15.
- Vince is one of 10 players in history to have a career average of over 25 points per game.
- Vince won a high school slam dunk contest with six perfect dunks. One was a one-handed 360. Another saw him take off behind the foul line. The competition finalist was Kevin Garnett.
- Vince has been offered more than 50 basketball scholarships. A school, Bethune-Cookman, offered him a music scholarship.
- Vince signed a written contract with his mother before leaving for college in the summer of 1995. He declared that he would earn his degree from UNC no matter what in his basketball career.
- Shaquille O’Neal once called Vince his favorite player. Shaq says he’s “half man, half amazing.”
- After Vince’s freshman year, Michael Jordan invited him to work at his summer basketball camp.
- In college, Vince kept a detailed written diary of all his dunks.
- Vince was a second All-American team in 1998.
- When Ray Allen clinched last spot on the 2000 Olympic squad, Vince and his teammates took it as a snub. In their next meeting, Vince sang Allen for 47 points.
- Vince received unexpected bad news in 2004. A federal jury ruled that his former agent, William “Tank” Black, owed $ 4.7 million in lost commissions and damages from him. Vince split from Williams in 2000 after discovering he had stolen millions from his NFL clients. Although disappointed with the decision, Vince looked on the bright side, at least saying he could put the episode behind him.
- Vince entered a scuffle match with Australian star Andrew Gaze in an exhibition competition ahead of the 2000 Olympics. He was subsequently booed throughout the tournament in Sydney.
Vince Carter achievements in his NBA career:
Carter is one of six players in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists per game in 10 straight seasons. He is also one of six players in league history to record 24,000 points, 6,000 rebounds, 2,500 assists, 1,000 steals and 1,000 3-point field goals.
- 8-time NBA All-Star selection: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 (did not play in 2002 due to injury)
- 2-time All-NBA:
- Second Team: 2001
- Third Team: 2000
- NBA Slam Dunk Champion: 2000
- NBA All-Rookie First Team: 1999
- NBA Rookie of the Year Award: 1999
- The Sporting News NBA Rookie of the Year: 1999
- Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award: 2016
NBA playoff records
- Tied for NBA playoff record for most three-point field goals made in one game with 9 (May 11, 2001 vs. Philadelphia 76ers, Eastern Conference Semifinals)
- Holds NBA playoff record for most three-point field goals made in one half with 8 (same game as above)
- Holds NBA playoff record for most consecutive three-point field goals made in one game with 8 (same game as above)
- Holds NBA playoff record for most consecutive three-point field goals made in one half with 8 (same game as above)
- First 40-year old player to hit at least three 3-pointers in a playoff game: 3 (April 22, 2017 vs. San Antonio Spurs, Western Conference 1st round)
New Jersey Nets franchise records
- Holds for most three-point field goals made in one game with 9 (December 11, 2006 vs. Memphis Grizzlies)
- Holds for most points scored in one season with 2,070 (2006-07)
- Holds for most consecutive 20 or more point games with 23 (2005-06).
- He is the first Net to score at least 2,000 points in a single season. (2006-07)
Toronto Raptors franchise records and milestones
- Holds for most points scored in one game with 51 (February 27, 2000 vs. Phoenix Suns)
- Co-holds for most points scored in one quarter with 20 (November 7, 2001 vs. Golden State Warriors)
- Co-holds for most field goals made in one game with 20 (January 14, 2000 vs. Milwaukee Bucks)
- Holds for most points scored in a playoff game with 50 (May 11, 2001 vs. Philadelphia 76ers, Eastern Conference Semifinals)
- Ranks 3rd for games played with 403
- Ranks 1st for games started with 401
- Ranks 1st for total points with 9,420
- Ranks 1st for total minutes with 15,154
- Ranks 2nd for three-pointers made with 554
- Ranks 2nd for three-pointers attempted with 1,445
- Points – 51 (2 times)
- Field Goals Made – 20 vs. Milwaukee 01/14/00
- Field Goals Attempted – 36 @ Philadelphia 01/21/01
- Three Point Field Goals Made – 9 vs. Memphis 12/11/06
- Three Point Field Goals Attempted – 20 vs. Memphis 12/11/06
- Free Throws Made – 23 @ Miami 12/23/05
- Free Throws Attempted – 27 @ Phoenix 12/30/00
- Offensive Rebounds – 8 vs. Chicago 11/05/05
- Defensive Rebounds – 13 (2 times)
- Total Rebounds – 16 vs. Washington 04/07/07
- Assists – 14 @ Milwaukee 01/09/09
- Steals – 6 (3 times)
- Blocks – 6 vs. Chicago 03/28/99
- Minutes Played – 63 vs. Sacramento 02/23/01