Vince Carter’s Legacy Will Live On

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Anthony Miller
I am currently an NFL Contributor for Infinity Sports Network as well as NFL Draft Contributor for NFL Draft Lounge. I also write about the NFL, XFL, and arena football for multiple websites.

Vince Carter has taken his last show in the NBA as now he enjoys retirement.

Carter announced on the Winging It Podcast that he will indeed retire after 22 seasons in the NBA.

“If there was any disappointment because of the season — any of that — it was kind of easier to put it aside and handle it that way,” Carter said. “It’s like, OK, it’s something bigger than my career. … It’s unfortunate, but with the coronavirus taking people’s lives rapidly, that’s the big picture in my mind.

“So I was able to put the weird ending — the abrupt stoppage of play, to an ending — aside for the bigger picture.”

Carter finished his career 19th on the all-time scoring list in NBA history. He started his career with a Rookie of the Year award in 1999. Carter played on eight different teams in his career with his most notable stops with the Toronto Raptors and New Jersey Nets.

He finished with eight NBA All-Star appearances and was the slam dunk champion in 2000. His final shot of his career was a three pointer with the Atlanta Hawks against the New York Knicks before the NBA suspended the season due to COVID-19.

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Carter will always be known for his appearance in the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk contest where he beat out Tracy McGrady to win it. He threw down a reverse-360 slam dunk that is still talked about to this day. Many compare his dunking abilities to those of Michael Jordan on how innovative it was.

Carter was an all around great scorer as he was always reliable on the free throw line. He was also known for being able to hit the three pointer at a high average. For the longest time in his early years, he was the star player.

Realizing his age and regression, Carter accepted his role as a bench player for the last five to ten years of his career. That role served him well still being able to help make a contribution to his teams.

The unfortunate part of Carter’s career that will define him is he never won an NBA title. He’s come close with teams like the Raptors, Nets, and Dallas Mavericks, but just couldn’t get over the hump.

Is Carter a First-Ballot Hall of Famer?

Simply put, yes.

Carter was always at the top of his game and was more than a great scorer. He was beloved by teammates and coaches during his 22 year career. NBA commissioner Adam Silver called him “a true ambassador of the game.”

He made his teammates around him better on the court because defenses feared him as a scorer. Opponents gameplanned to stop him each night. Carter could score from outside and inside. It didn’t matter to him as he could always find the basket.

It would be a surprised if he didn’t get voted in to the hall of fame on the first try. Most people would consider him to be one of the top offensive players ever. More points may be scored in the current NBA, but not many were as polished of a scorer as Carter was.

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