It’s been an eventful offseason for the Brooklyn Nets, to say the least. With Kyrie Irving‘s vaccine drama dominating headlines, the Nets enter the new season surrounded by lots of negative publicity. But should the franchise follow the advice of ex-NBA guard Nick Anderson, they could bring themselves some good mojo by retiring the jersey of former Net Vince Carter.
Vince Carter had a productive stint with the Nets
About 18 months after Jason Kidd and the New Jersey Nets appeared in their second straight NBA Finals, the team swung a trade for Carter. The high-flying guard, who entered the league in 1998, spent over six seasons with the Toronto Raptors before being traded to the Nets in December 2004.
Carter immediately became a force for New Jersey. The two-time All-NBA selection averaged 23.6 points across 4.5 seasons in East Rutherford. Carter made the All-Star team from 2005-07, while also playing no fewer than 76 games in any season.
With Vinsanity, the Nets made the playoffs in each of Carter’s All-Star seasons. But once Kidd was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 2008, New Jersey had consecutive 34-48 seasons. Then, with the Nets ready for a rebuild and Carter on the books for two more years and over $30 million, the eight-time All-Star was shipped to the Orlando Magic in 2009.
Nick Anderson says the Brooklyn Nets should retire Carter’s jersey
The 13-year veteran Anderson spent most of his career with the Magic, one of Carter’s eight former teams. In an interview with Bally Sports, the former guard said the Nets should immediately hang Vinsanity’s number 15 in the rafters (h/t: Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson).
“”Absolutely! No question. He’s one of the greatest players to come through there … No question. There’s not a question in my mind.”Nick Anderson
Currently. the Nets have six retired jerseys: Drazen Petrovic #3, Jason Kidd #5, John Williamson #23, Bill Melchionni #25, Julius Erving #32, and Buck Williams #52.
Should the Nets retire Vince Carter’s jersey?
As much as Anderson thinks so, Carter’s jersey retirement is no slam dunk. There is plenty of logic on both sides whether VC’s #15 is worthy of retirement.
On one hand, Carter is one of the few true NBA superstars to play for the franchise. He provided star power to an overlooked franchise, delivering excellent numbers and plenty of highlight-worthy plays. In addition, although he was a Net for less than five full seasons, Erving and Petrovic were with the team for less time.
On the other side, Carter’s run with New Jersey resulted in only two playoff series victories. He made just three out of five possible All-Star Games with the Nets, as well.
Regardless, Carter was a great player who spent a record 22 seasons in the NBA. He’s a future Hall of Famer and one of the more well-liked players of the last 20 years. With everything going on in Brooklyn right now, the Nets would be wise to consider honoring one of the franchise’s most exciting players.