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Vince Carter Still Competing with the Best 21 Years Later

NBA veteran Vince Carter re-signed with the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. As a result, the 42 year old will make NBA history in the upcoming season.

Vince Carter will play his 22nd league season for the Atlanta Hawks, an NBA record. He is currently level on 21 with Robert Parish, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Willis, and Dirk Nowitzki.

As well as that, come 2020, Vince Carter will become the first player to play in four different decades.

He is fifth on the all-time list for games played, with 1,481. He is 130 behind Parish, and 79 behind the second-placed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. 

 

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Carter’s place in the NBA history books is assured, but how does he compare among active players?

Well, he leads the league in games played. As well as that, his 9,186 baskets are second only to LeBron James. He also trails LeBron in minutes played with 45,491.

Carter ranks third among active players for three pointers with 2,229. Ahead of him on the list are Stephen Curry and Kyle Korver.

He was drafted fifth overall in the 1998 NBA Draft and was the 1999 Rookie of the Year with the Toronto Raptors. In 2000, he helped the US squad win gold at the Sydney Olympics.

He also went on to play for the Nets, the Magic, the Suns, the Mavericks and the Kings. Carter was selected to 8 NBA All-Star squads between 2000 and 2007.

 

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As he has slowed down in recent years, he has assumed more of a rotational role. In 76 Hawks appearances last season, only 9 were starts. Carter averaged 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game last season.

For his career, he has  averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.0 steals a game.

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