As a Canadian who grew up in the 90s and early 2000s, Vince Carter was the man. A high school McDonald’s All-American who eventually represented the Tar Heels in North Carolina. Vincent Lamar Carter Jr. is the only player to have played in the NBA for 22 Seasons. He is also the only player to have played in the league for four decades. Vince earned the Rookie of the Year award in 1999 when he played for the Toronto Raptors. He went on to be an 8 time NBA all star, and is 19th all-time in NBA history in scoring. Carter announced his retirement on The Ringer’s “Winging It With Vince Carter” podcast, stating that he is “officially done playing basketball professionally.”
He is one of the best dunkers of all time. Carter’s appearance at the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest was historical, and few dunk competitions have rivaled the event since. One dunk required Vince to receive a bounce pass, jump 37″ off the ground, put the ball between his legs and than finish with a slam. Vince also performed a dunk that ended with his arm elbow deep into the hoop. Every person including all the pro players in attendance were out of their seats for the Vince Carter show. He preceded to win the Slam Dunk Contest during the 2000 NBA All-Star Weekend.
That same year Vince represented the United States of America in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Syndey, Australia. He earned the nicknames “Vinsanity”, “Air Canada”, and “Half Man, Half Amazing” after executing incredibly athletic slam dunks throughout the competition. Carter’s ability to fly was on full display throughout the Olympic tournament, but the zenith of dunking ability was yet to come. When team USA played France, Vince unleashed a dunk of historic proportions. His famous dunk literally over 7’2 Fredric Weiss solidified Vince Carter a house hold name and forever posterized the french center.
He had such longevity, it will undoubtabely be wierd to have an NBA without Vince Carter. Carter however, has most certainly earned the opportunity to take a step back from competing at the professional level. Vince Carter will always be remembered as a dynamic player and one of the best dunkers in the game.