Vince Carter is widely remembered for his legendary skill as a dunker and is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Carter made eight consecutive All-Star teams between 1999-2000 and 2006-2007, a period that began in his second season. During that time, he averaged 24.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. Carter detailed what he learned in a game involving a trio of Orlando Magic stars while still in high school.
Speaking on your podcast, The VC Show, Vince Carter discussed the NBA potentially lowering the age limit. He shared what he learned playing with NBA players at the amateur level, stating:
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“I had the opportunity to play ball with Penny, Shaq, Nick… and you know all these guys back then… league was like that.
“And I was like, bro, you know, this game is faster. It’s pretty open. So yeah, it fit how I played it, but I just – man, Penny, I was talking about Penny in her prime. man. It’s crazy.”
When asked how he fared in the races by co-host Ros Gold-Onwude, Vince Carter added:
“The game wasn’t compact. In high school, you can sit in the paint. If your team isn’t good, you sit in the paint, you go to the zone. The NBA was open and faster, so I’m like, man , wait, I could just run, run, run and it’s wide open and just play up there. It was just a different game for me.”
Carter went on to have the longest career in NBA history, becoming the first player to play 22 seasons and play in four different decades.
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Vince Carter and the Hall of Fame
The 2023 Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame vote is packed with many first-time candidates. Legends such as Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and Tony Parker are included. The 2024 ballot, however, only features one Hall of Fame lock and that is Vince Carter.
Younger fans may only remember Carter for his dunk standouts, and not remember the talent he possessed in his heyday. After all, he hasn’t averaged 15 points per game once during his last ten NBA seasons and has been far beyond the height of his career.
His heyday, however, makes him a surefire first-vote Hall of Fame. Aside from an eight-year stint in which he made eight All-Star appearances and averaged 24.6 points per game, Carter ranks 19th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Review some of Vince Carter’s best moments below: