The 2019-20 NBA season was Vince Carter’s final season of his career. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the season was cut short, and Carter could not enjoy his proper farewell tour.
Carter is the only player in NBA history to play 22 seasons and the only player to play in four different decades. Throughout that time, he played for numerous teams across the league.
A look at Vince Carter’s career
Carter immediately made an impact in the NBA as a rookie. During his rookie season with the Toronto Raptors, he averaged 18.3 points and 5.7 rebounds and was named the Rookie of the Year. Carter spent his first seven years in Toronto and was the face of the franchise. He quickly became known for his dunking abilities early in his career.
Carter participated in the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest and put on a show. He had a performance that many people will never forget, and he walked away as champion of the slam dunk contest. Carter continued to play at a high level, and the Raptors were one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference when Carter was with the team.
Throughout his career, Carter played in the Eastern and Western Conference. Toward the latter part of his career, Carter primarily came off the bench. He still was a key part of the teams he played for while playing in a reserved role. Carter also served as a mentor to the younger players on the teams he played for. He hit some big shots in his career and made some nice dunks as well.
How many teams did Vince Carter play for?
Carter played for a total of eight different teams during his NBA career. After his time in Toronto, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets and played in New Jersey for five seasons. Carter averaged 20 plus points in each season that he played with the Nets. He was traded once again to the Orlando Magic. Carter joined the Magic a year after the team played in the NBA Finals and lost to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Magic returned to the Eastern Conference Finals to take on the Boston Celtics, and they lost 4-2. That was the first time Carter played in a conference final. During the 2010-11 season, Carter started off playing with the Magic and was then traded to the Phoenix Suns, where he finished the season. Carter finished his season playing with the Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, and the Atlanta Hawks.
Vince Carter will always be remembered
Carter finished his career averaging 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.2 assists. He was respected by so many players across the league, whether they were rookies or veterans. Carter impressed many people with his dunking abilities, whether during games or in a dunk contest.
He still had some leaping abilities going into his forties, and it would have been nice to see him compete in the 2020 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, which would have been his final one. One area of his game that he was also successful at was his 3-point shooting. Carter ranks sixth all-time for 3-pointers made with 2,290. Now Carter can enjoy a life away from basketball where he put so much hard work in.