Vince Carter

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Vince Carter
Vince Carter 2013-03-25 (1).jpg
Carter in March 2013
No. 15 – Memphis Grizzlies
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1977-01-26) January 26, 1977 (age 37)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Mainland (Daytona Beach, Florida)
College North Carolina (1995–1998)
NBA draft 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro playing career 1998–present
Career history
19982004 Toronto Raptors
20042009 New Jersey Nets
20092010 Orlando Magic
2010–2011 Phoenix Suns
20112014 Dallas Mavericks
2014–present Memphis Grizzlies
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Vincent Lamar "Vince" Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA. He is a shooting guard who can also play small forward.

A high school McDonald's All-American, Carter played three years at the University of North Carolina. While there, he twice reached the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament before being selected as the fifth overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors, who traded him to the Toronto Raptors. He won the 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year Award and won the Slam Dunk Contest at the 2000 NBA All-Star Weekend the following season. That summer, he represented the United States in the Summer Olympics, winning a gold medal.

He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his leaping ability and slam dunks,[1] earning him nicknames such as "Vinsanity," "Air Canada," and "Half-Man, Half-Amazing."

He led the Raptors to their first three playoff appearances. In 2004, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets, and he helped lead them to three playoff berths. In July 2009, Carter was traded to the Orlando Magic, and he helped them advance to the Eastern Conference finals before being traded to the Phoenix Suns in December 2010. He joined the Mavericks in 2011.

An eight-time NBA All-Star, Carter joined Hall of Famers Julius Erving and Michael Jordan as the only players to lead the NBA All-Star Game fan voting more than three times. Carter scored his 20,000th point in 2011,[2] becoming the 37th player in league history to do so.

Off the court, Carter established his Embassy of Hope Foundation, assisting children and their families in Florida, New Jersey and Toronto. He was recognized in 2000 as Child Advocate of the Year by the Children's Home Society, and received the Florida Governor's Points of Light award in 2007 for his philanthropy in his home state.

High school and college[edit]

Born in Daytona Beach, Florida, Carter was a 1995 McDonald's All-American at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, leading Mainland to its first Class 6A state title in 56 years[3] before spending three seasons playing college basketball at North Carolina under Dean Smith and later, Bill Guthridge. During the 1997–1998 season, he was a member of new coach Guthridge's "six starters" system that featured Antawn Jamison, Shammond Williams, Ed Cota, Ademola Okulaja, and Makhtar N'Diaye.[4] During his sophomore and junior seasons, Carter helped North Carolina to consecutive ACC Men's Basketball Tournament titles and Final Four appearances. He finished the 1997–98 season with a 15.6 points per game average and was named second-team All-American. In May 1998, Carter declared for the 1998 NBA Draft, following his classmate Jamison, who had declared earlier that spring.[5] On January 31, 2012, Carter was honored as one of the 35 greatest McDonald's All-Americans,[6][7] and on February 23, 2012, President Obama, an avid NCAA and NBA basketball fan, gave praise to Carter at a fundraiser event, referring to Carter's game as a "huge treat for me ever since he’s been playing for the Tar Heels."[8][9]

NBA career[edit]

Toronto Raptors (1998–2004)[edit]

Carter during his tenure with the Raptors.

The Raptors struggled in their early years as did their expansion cousins, the Vancouver Grizzlies. After the acquisition of Carter through a draft day trade in 1998 however, the team set league attendance records in 2000, 2001, and 2002 and the value of the Raptors franchise doubled during Carter's tenure as Raptor.[10] Carter was instrumental in leading the Raptors to the playoffs in 2000 for the first time in franchise history. He also led them to a franchise high of 47 wins and their first ever playoff series win in 2001, advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Carter was initially drafted by the NBA's Golden State Warriors with the fifth overall pick, and then traded to the Toronto Raptors for the fourth overall pick, Antawn Jamison, his college teammate and good friend.[11] Carter's rookie season was the shortened 50-game 1999 season, after the NBA locked out its players in 1998–99. Carter started almost every game for coach Butch Carter, averaged 18.3 points per game (ppg), and eventually won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.[12] The next year, Carter was selected to an All-Star Team for the first time, averaged 25.7 ppg, made the Third Team All-NBA, and showcased his athleticism and dunking abilities in the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. He won the contest by performing an array of dunks including a 360° windmill, a between the legs bounce dunk, and an "elbow in the rim" dunk (also known as a "cookie jar" dunk or the "honey dip").[11] ESPN referred to the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest as, "one of the most memorable contests in the entire run." Kobe Bryant, who was invited along with Carter, Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, and Julius Erving as judges for the 2007 Slam Dunk Contest, said that among the judges in their prime, Carter would win in a dunk contest.[13]

In Carter's first two seasons, he and his distant cousin Tracy McGrady formed a formidable one-two punch as Raptor teammates. The two led the Raptors to their first playoff berth in the 2000 NBA Playoffs, but they were swept in the first round by the New York Knicks, in three games. Upon McGrady's departure to the Orlando Magic as a free agent in a sign and trade deal, Carter became the Raptors' franchise player. Kobe Bryant, whose team won several championships in the decade to follow, believed they could've competed for several championships if they had stayed together.[14]

In 2000–01, his third season, Carter averaged a career-high 27.6 ppg, made the Second Team All-NBA, and was voted in as a starter in the 2001 NBA All-Star Game, while the Raptors finished the regular season with a franchise-record 47 wins. In the playoffs, the Raptors beat the New York Knicks 3–2 in the first round, and advanced to the 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals to face off against the Philadelphia 76ers. Carter and Allen Iverson played in a seven-game series that see-sawed back and forth. Carter scored 50 points in game three and set an NBA playoff record for most three-point field goals made in one game. On the morning of Game Seven, Carter attended his graduation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He had completed the requirements for his degree in African-American Studies the previous summer and said he felt receiving his diploma was personally significant.[15] Television ratings for game seven soared as one of the highest watched in NBC's history for a non-finals game. As the Sixers and Raptors increased their double team pressures on Carter and Iverson respectively,[16][17] the game winning shot came down to Carter who missed with 2.0 seconds remaining.[18] Afterwards, he was heavily criticized for his decision to attend his graduation by both media and fans. In July 2011, Iverson reflected back on the series. “It was incredible. (Carter) had great games at home and I had some great games at home, but both of us were just trying to put our teams on our back and win basketball games. It is great just having those memories and being a part of something like that.”[19]

In the summer of 2001, Carter signed a $94 million, six-year extension with the Raptors.[20] In addition, Carter announced that he would be hosting a charity basketball game featuring fellow NBA stars that would be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on August 3, 2001. The success of the first game being sold out encouraged Carter to make the charity game an annual summer event.

The next season was an injury-riddled one for Carter. He started in 60 games and he averaged 24.7 ppg. He was voted into the 2002 NBA All-Star Game, but he could not participate due to injury. The Raptors did not fare well without their All-Star player. The team lost 17 of 18 games to drop to 30–38, then won 12 of their last 14 to finish at 42–40. Carter was injured during the 2002 NBA Playoffs, and his team was defeated in the first round by the Detroit Pistons, in five games. During the 2003 NBA All-Star Game, Carter gave up his starting All-Star spot to the Washington Wizards' Michael Jordan to allow Jordan to make his final start as an All-Star.[21] During his Raptors tenure, news came out that Carter had developed Sinding-Larsen-Johansson disease also known as "jumper's knee," which drew criticism and questions from local media outlets and fans about Carter's long term durability as a NBA scorer.[22][23]

Fifty games into the 2003–04 season, Toronto was 25–25 and in a position to make the playoffs, but injuries to Jalen Rose, Alvin Williams, and Carter sent the Raptors plummeting down the standings, and the Raptors fell three games short of making the playoffs. Carter's individual season performance was 22.5 ppg, but teammate Alvin Williams' knee injury turned out to be career ending.

Trade to the Nets[edit]

During the 2004 off-season, G.M. Glen Grunwald and the entire coaching staff were fired after falling three games short of the eighth and final playoff spot in the previous season. Carter became frustrated with the Raptors' upper management. In particular, Carter was unhappy with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) and Raptors president Richard Peddie.[24][25][26][27] In a private meeting, Peddie reassured Carter that MLSE was serious in building a contender in Toronto and that he would pursue established players like point guard Steve Nash and centre Jamaal Magloire. Carter was also given the impression that Peddie would consider Julius Erving as a serious candidate for G.M., thinking he could attract star players to Toronto. Though Julius Erving flew into Toronto for an interview, interim G.M. Jack McCloskey publicly disclosed a week prior that Erving was not really in the mix.[25][26] Peddie instead hired Rob Babcock as G.M. whose first priority in rebuilding the Raptors said was to "establish our philosophy," stating "we are not really worried about how many wins we get right away, or whether we make the playoffs within the first year or two."[28] After hiring Sam Mitchell as new head coach,[29] Babcock's first move was to select Rafael Araujo with the eighth overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft to fill in the center position. Babcock later signed guard Rafer Alston to a five-year deal.

Consequently, much speculation arose whether Carter wanted to be traded. The Toronto Sun reported that Carter felt misled and felt the Raptors would never be an elite team under the current MLSE structure with Peddie as Raptors president.[30] Some NBA fans raised money to fly a "Keep Vince, Trade Peddie" banner over the Air Canada Centre just before Carter's annual charity game.[31] When Rob Babcock was questioned about the trade speculations, he denied Carter asked for a trade but indiscreetly revealed Carter's agent had approached him for a trade request.[32][33] During the 2004–05 season, new head coach Sam Mitchell often benched Carter in the 4th quarter to emphasize the new team philosophy he and Babcock wanted players to adapt to, spurring rumors of fights between Carter and Mitchell and new point guard Rafer Alston.[34][35][36][37] On Dec. 18, 2004, the Raptors dealt Carter to the Nets for Alonzo Mourning, Eric Williams, Aaron Williams and a pair of first-round draft picks. Mourning did not report to Toronto.

In his first game back in Toronto, on April 15, 2005, Carter was heavily booed and jeered by Raptors fans; some fans were found burning Vince Carter jerseys, while many donned No. 15 baby bibs, 'FUVC' t-shirts, and other merchandise that labelled Carter as "Wince" or as "immature," alluding to Carter's knee and ankle injuries and his dissent.[38] Much like former Raptors teammate Tracy McGrady, Carter has been booed each time he has returned to Toronto.[39] In early January 2005, when asked by TNT's John Thompson, "Do you think Vince Carter has pushed himself as hard as he should have pushed himself?", Carter replied, "In years past, no. I was just fortunate enough to have the talent. You know, you get spoiled when you're able to do a lot of things and you see that, and you really don't have to work at it. But now, I think with all the injuries and the things that have gone on, I have to work a little harder and I'm a little hungrier. That's why getting the opportunity to have a fresh start with New Jersey has made me want to attack the basket for a lot of reasons."[40] Though Carter's comments were perceived by Raptors fans as his confession of quitting on the Raptors,[41] Thompson said the comments were misinterpreted, saying, "That boy never said to me, 'Coach, I just laid down and quit.' ...I was embarrassed and felt awful about it for his sake, because I knew what he was communicating to me... he was more expressing a desire of wanting to do better, as we all do."[42] Despite Thompson's defense of Carter, the Toronto Star's Dave Feschuk in 2007 wrote that Carter "cheated on (the Raptors). He quit on the floor."[43] Carter later stated his comments were misconstrued. On the eve of the Raptors–Nets playoff series in 2007, Carter told New York's WFAN radio station, "One day, maybe the fans will understand how it all went down. That's all I can say."[43]

In November 2011, nearly seven years since the trade to the Nets, Carter, along with his cousin Tracy McGrady and Charles Oakley addressed the Toronto audience in an interview on Off the Record with Michael Landsberg. When asked about being booed in Toronto, Carter said, "They watched myself and Tracy grow up. And when we left they still got to see (us) flourish and become (who we are). For me, I looked at it as, a young child growing up into a grown man and moving on. And I get it. Leaving, hurt a lot of people. It hurt me because I tell you what... I accomplished a lot, I learned a lot, I became the person and player of who I am today because of that experience, through the coaches, players, and everything else. I get it... but regardless I still love the city. I have friends there and my heart is still there because that's where it all started." Later in the interview, when asked about any words to the Toronto fans, Carter said, "I appreciate the fans and whether you cheer for me, boo me, or hate me, I still love you. Toronto's one of the best kept secrets.. puts one of the best products on the floor and one of the top places to play in."[44][45][46][47]

On November 6, 2012, in an interview with TSN Radio 1050, Carter reiterated his love for the city and his appreciation for the Toronto Raptors organization.[48][49][50] The next day, Sam Mitchell and Rob Babcock revealed on Sportsnet 590, The Fan that the night before Carter was traded to New Jersey, Carter phoned Mitchell to express his desire to stay in Toronto and commit to their vision for the team. However, Babcock said it was too late and the trade had already been verbally agreed upon. Looking back on it Mitchell feels he should have personally contacted the MLSE chairman, Larry Tanenbaum, but was reluctant because he did not want to break the chain of command.[51][52]

New Jersey Nets (2004–2009)[edit]

As a Net, Carter produced some of his highest numbers. He scored more than 23.5 ppg and attained career high averages in rebounds per game (5.8) and assists per game (4.7) while missing just 11 games in his four full seasons as a Net. Carter helped lead the New Jersey Nets to three playoff runs and is currently in the top 10 of nineteen different all-time Nets statistical categories, including points, points per game (1st all-time of NBA Nets), defensive rebounds, assists, turnover rate, 3-point field goals, offensive rating, player efficiency rating, and win shares.

The 2004–05 season looked gloomy at first for the Nets. Their star Kidd was recovering from his own microfracture surgery and the team got off to a 2–11 start, and even with Jason Kidd returning from injury, the outlook was bleak with Jefferson requiring season ending surgery. However, after the trade, Carter rallied the Nets from more than 10 games out of the playoffs to gain the final seed in the Eastern Conference.

In the 2005–06 NBA season, the Carter-Kidd duo co-lead the Nets to 49 wins, an Atlantic Division title, and the number three seed in the playoffs, while averaging 24.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. He led the Nets to the second round of the playoffs before losing to the eventual NBA champions Miami Heat in five games. Carter averaged 29.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 11 playoff games. Carter was also named to the All-Star Team in 2006. On December 23, 2005, Carter set an NBA record for the most free throws made in a quarter (4th quarter) with 16 against the Miami Heat. He tied his career high of 51 points in the same game.[53]

In the 2006–07 NBA season Carter was named, along with teammate Jason Kidd, as a reserve to the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, after losing out on a starting spot to Gilbert Arenas by 3,010 votes.[54] Both Carter and Kidd made their eighth All-Star game appearance.[55]

In a 120–114 overtime win over the Washington Wizards, April 7, 2007, Carter and Jason Kidd became the first teammates in over 18 years to record triple-doubles in the same game since the Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen achieved this feat against the Los Angeles Clippers in 1989. Carter finished with 46 points, a career-high 16 rebounds, and 10 assists. Kidd finished with 10 points, tied a career-high with 16 rebounds, and tied a season-high with 18 assists. Carter's triple double is the second highest total for a triple double, second only to Alvan Adams of the Phoenix Suns who tallied 47 points and 18 rebounds and 12 assists over 30 years ago.[56]

Carter's finished the 2006–07 NBA season playing all 82 games, scoring over 24 points with a 21 PER.[57]

Carter and Yi Jianlian in 2009.

After the Nets eliminated the Raptors, the Nets were eliminated from the playoffs by Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers (lost series 4–2). During the season, the New York Knicks and Nets had discussed a trade in February around Carter, which was ended with the trading deadline. Shaquille O'Neal when asked which player he would want to play after playing with Kobe and Wade replied, "I'm gonna have to go with Vince Carter. I think he needs a player like me that can get him to the next level. And I can get him to the next level." Barkley responded by accusing O'Neal of tampering. In the off-season, the two teams again revisited the subject but on July 1, 2007 Carter signed a 4-year, $61.8 million contract with the Nets.[58]

For the 2007–08 season, Jason Kidd was traded mid season and Magic Johnson claimed that Carter's game was on the decline due to his bad knees.[59] In a 2008 ESPN special later that year, Carter was named behind Dominique Wilkins, Julius Erving, and Michael Jordan as being one of the 'greatest dunkers of all time.' In it, Reggie Miller noted "Carter is probably the greatest dunker in the NBA I have ever seen." ESPN's Chris Broussard did a follow up piece in 2011 and called Vince Carter as the greatest in-game dunker of all time in the NBA.

Carter ended up finishing strong in 2008 with a season average of at least 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists a game, a season accomplishment unique to him, Kobe Bryant, and Lebron James[60] He also led the Nets in freethrow percentage, assists and steals per game (81.6%, 5.1, 1.2).[61] Rod Thorn credited Carter for becoming a leader since the All-Star break.[62]

For the 2008–09 season, the Nets decided to rebuild and Carter was voted team captain to help mentor the young players.[63] Coach Lawrence Frank commented that Carter had "served the term 'captain' very honorably. Coming with a team that has veterans from other teams, some young guys coming straight from school, a couple of 20-year-olds and one 21-year-old. Showing them how you handle every day and the professionalism you approach your job [with], his disposition, his character. Plus, he's played at a very high level. He's accepted different roles on the team, at different times, to let other guys thrive and play at a high level, and yet has shown that he still is one of the elite players in the league." Two such players Carter helped mentor were Devin Harris and Brook Lopez. Brook Lopez finished 3rd in Rookie of the Year and Devin Harris made his 1st All-Star team and narrowly[quantify] missed winning the NBA Most Improved Player award. In a game against the Toronto Raptors on November 21, 2008, Carter scored 12 points in 44 seconds, including a game-tying 3-pointer to force overtime and a game winning two-handed reverse alley-oop dunk to lead the Nets from an 18-point deficit to defeat the Raptors 129–127. Carter finished the game with 39 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.[64]

Orlando Magic (2009–2010)[edit]

On June 25, 2009, the day of the NBA Draft, Carter was traded to his hometown-team, the Orlando Magic with Ryan Anderson for Rafer Alston, Tony Battie and Courtney Lee; the Magic were searching for a go-to scorer who could take pressure off Dwight Howard.[65] The Nets without Carter ended up going 12–70.[66]

Carter made his season debut with the Magic on October 28, 2009 against the Philadelphia 76ers at home, recording 15 points and 2 assists to help the Magic defeat the Sixers.[67] On February 8, 2010, Carter scored a season-high 48 points in a 123–117 win against the New Orleans Hornets, including 34 points in the second half to help rally the Magic back from a 17-point deficit. The Orlando Magic finished 59–23, the second best record in the Eastern Conference, and won the Southeast Division.[68]

Carter helped lead the Magic to the 2010 NBA Playoffs, sweeping the Charlotte Bobcats and the Atlanta Hawks in the first two rounds, before falling to the Boston Celtics in Eastern Conference Finals in 6 games. This marked the first time Carter made it to the Conference Finals.[69] During the 2010–2011 season with the Magic, he averaged 15.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, and 2.9 apg in 30.2 mpg. He played 22 games with the Magic that season.

Phoenix Suns (2010–2011)[edit]

Carter being defended by former teammate Rashard Lewis.

On December 18, 2010, Carter was traded to the Phoenix Suns along with Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus, a 2011 first-round draft pick, and $3 million, for Hedo Türkoğlu, Jason Richardson, and Earl Clark.[70] When asked how he felt about being traded from Orlando, Carter replied, "They gave me an opportunity to play at home and they felt it was time to go in a different direction. You can't be mad about that. They've given me an opportunity to play somewhere else and still chase that dream.[71] He changed his jersey number to 25 from 15 because his teammate Robin Lopez was using 15.

Carter during his tenure with the Suns.

On January 16, 2011, Carter scored his 20,000th point, becoming only the 37th NBA player to reach that plateau.[72] Although the back-court pairing of Carter and Steve Nash was successful together, the Suns ultimately missed the playoffs as they were in midst of a rebuilding phase.

On December 9, 2011, Carter was waived by the Suns in the final year of his contract. Of the $18 million he was scheduled to make in the upcoming season, only $4 million of it was guaranteed.[73]

Dallas Mavericks (2011–2014)[edit]

On December 12, 2011, Carter agreed to sign a three-year deal with the defending-champion Dallas Mavericks, with one year guaranteed.[74] This move reunited Carter with former New Jersey teammate Jason Kidd. He continued to wear number 25 in Dallas as his original number 15 was already retired for Brad Davis. In a game against the Golden State Warriors, Carter became the eighteenth player in NBA history with 1,500 3-pointers.[75]

The Mavericks exercised their option for a second year on July 1, 2012.[76][77] On February 13, 2013, Carter surpassed Larry Bird on the NBA's career scoring list after scoring his 6th three-pointer of the night. Carter scored 17 of his 26 points in the 3rd quarter with 5 out of 7 three-pointers made. Carter also became the 11th player in NBA history with at least 1,600 3 pointers made.[78] On February 22, 2013, Carter surpassed Gary Payton on the NBA's career scoring list after hitting a game winning three against the New Orleans Hornets.[79] On April 15, 2013, Carter surpassed Clyde Drexler on the NBA's career scoring list. He only needed 4 points to pass Drexler as he went on to score 22 points in a losing effort against the Memphis Grizzlies.[80] Carter finished the season tying his career high of 162 three-pointers made in a season which he first did in the 2000–01 season.[81]

On December 23, 2013, in a win against the Houston Rockets, Carter became the 10th player in NBA history to make 1700 career 3-pointers.[82] On January 10, 2014, in a win against the New Orleans Pelicans, Carter surpassed Dale Ellis on career 3-pointers made.[83] On March 2, 2014, in a loss against the San Antonio Spurs, Carter surpassed Peja Stojakovic on career 3-pointers made.[84] On March 16, 2014, Carter became the 27th player in NBA history to score 23,000 points after making a 3-pointer in the 3rd quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder.[85] On March 19, 2014, Carter passed Rashard Lewis to reach 7th place all time on the NBA's career 3-pointers made.[86] On April 7, 2014, Carter surpassed Elgin Baylor on the NBA's career scoring list.[87] On April 12, 2014, Carter surpassed Adrian Dantley on the NBA's career scoring list.[88]

On April 26, 2014, Carter hit the game-winning three pointer with 1.7 seconds left to win game 3 of their round 1 playoff match up against the San Antonio Spurs. The Mavericks won 109-108, taking the lead in the series 2-1. [89] Ultimately futile, the Mavericks were knocked out of the 2014 NBA Playoffs by the eventual NBA Champion, San Antonio Spurs 4-3. [90]

Memphis Grizzlies (2014–present)[edit]

On July 12, 2014, Carter signed a multi-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.[91]

International career[edit]

2000 Summer Olympics[edit]

During the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Carter performed a memorable dunk when he jumped over 7-foot-2-inch (2.18 m) French center Frédéric Weis. Teammate Jason Kidd said it was "One of the best plays I've ever seen." The French media later dubbed it "le dunk de la mort" ("the Dunk of Death").[92] The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal that year.

2003 FIBA Americas Tournament[edit]

Carter replaced Bryant on the USA roster for the 2003 FIBA Americas Tournament while Bryant was undergoing surgeries on his knee and shoulder. He wore Bryant's jersey number 8. Carter's selection was only for the 2003 FIBA Americas Tournament, while Bryant retained his roster spot for the 2004 USA Olympic squad. However, Bryant later on withdrew due to a legal case he was going through at that time. Carter did not take over the Olympic spot.[93]

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • 8× NBA All-Star selection: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 (did not play in 2002 due to injury)
  • Olympic gold medal: 2000
  • 2× All-NBA:
    • Second Team: 2001
    • Third Team: 2000
  • NBA Slam Dunk Champion: 2000
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team: 1999
  • NBA Rookie of the Year Award: 1999
  • The Sporting News NBA Rookie of the Year: 1999[94]
NBA playoff records
  • Co-holds NBA playoff record for most three-point field goals made in one game: 9 (May 11, 2001 vs. Philadelphia 76ers, Eastern Conference Semifinals)
  • Most three-point field goals made in one half: 8 (same game as above)
  • Most consecutive three-point field goals made in one game: 8 (same game as above)
  • Most consecutive three-point field goals made in one half: 8 (same game as above)[95]
New Jersey Nets franchise records
  • Most three-point field goals made in one game: 9 (December 11, 2006 vs. Memphis Grizzlies)
  • Most points scored in one season: 2,070 (2006–07)
  • Most consecutive 20 or more point games: 23 (2005–06)
  • He is the first Net to score at least 2,000 points in a single season. (2006–07)[96]
Career highs
  • Points: 51 (2 times)
  • Field goals made: 20 vs. Milwaukee 01/14/00
  • Field goals attempted: 36 at Philadelphia 01/21/01
  • Three point field goals made: 9 vs. Memphis 12/11/06
  • Three point field goals attempted: 20 vs. Memphis 12/11/06
  • Free throws made: 23 at Miami 12/23/05
  • Free throws attempted: 27 at Phoenix 12/30/00
  • Offensive rebounds: 8 vs. Chicago 11/05/05
  • Defensive rebounds: 13 (2 times)
  • Total rebounds: 16 vs. Washington 04/07/07
  • Assists: 14 at Milwaukee 01/09/09
  • Steals: 6 (3 times)
  • Blocks: 6 vs. Chicago 03/28/99
  • Minutes played: 63 vs. Sacramento 02/23/01[97]

Video game, TV and film appearances[edit]

  • Appeared on the cover of NBA Live 2004.[98]
  • Appeared on the cover of NBA Inside Drive 2002.[99]
  • Appeared in the 2002 film Like Mike, where the fictional Los Angeles Knights had to beat Carter and the Toronto Raptors in order to gain the 8th seed in the playoffs.
  • Appeared in Fabolous' 2002 music video for "This Is My Party", and Glenn Lewis' 2003 music video for "Back for More".

Personal life[edit]

Carter has donated to his high school, Mainland, as well as the foundation he established upon being drafted into the NBA in 1998, The Embassy of Hope.[100] On February 3, 2007, a statue of Carter was unveiled at Mainland.[101]

Carter visited with the Duquesne University basketball team in Pittsburgh as a show of support after its shooting incident in September 2006.[102]

He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

Carter married Ellen Rucker, a doctor of chiropractic medicine, in July 2004; the couple divorced in 2006. They have one daughter, Kai Michelle Carter.[103] born on June 1, 2005.[citation needed]

While with the Nets, Carter lived in Saddle River, New Jersey on the same street as Jason Kidd, and the two played ping pong and went bowling together.[104]

In January 2010, he opened a restaurant, Vince Carter's, in Daytona, Florida.[105]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998–99 Toronto 50 49 35.2 .450 .288 .761 5.7 3.0 1.1 1.5 18.3
1999–00 Toronto 82 82 38.1 .465 .403 .791 5.8 3.9 1.3 1.1 25.7
2000–01 Toronto 75 75 39.7 .460 .408 .765 5.5 3.9 1.5 1.1 27.6
2001–02 Toronto 60 60 39.8 .428 .387 .798 5.2 4.0 1.6 .7 24.7
2002–03 Toronto 43 42 34.2 .467 .344 .806 4.4 3.3 1.1 1.0 20.6
2003–04 Toronto 73 73 38.2 .417 .383 .806 4.8 4.8 1.2 .9 22.5
2004–05 Toronto 20 20 30.4 .411 .322 .694 3.3 3.1 1.3 .8 15.9
2004–05 New Jersey 57 56 38.9 .462 .425 .817 5.9 4.7 1.5 .6 27.5
2005–06 New Jersey 79 79 36.8 .430 .341 .799 5.8 4.3 1.2 .7 24.2
2006–07 New Jersey 82 82 38.1 .454 .357 .802 6.0 4.8 1.0 .4 25.2
2007–08 New Jersey 76 72 38.9 .456 .359 .816 6.0 5.1 1.2 .4 21.3
2008–09 New Jersey 80 80 36.8 .437 .385 .817 5.1 4.7 1.0 .5 20.8
2009–10 Orlando 75 74 30.8 .428 .367 .840 3.9 3.1 .7 .2 16.6
2010–11 Orlando 22 22 30.2 .470 .346 .747 4.1 2.9 .9 .1 15.1
2010–11 Phoenix 51 41 27.2 .422 .366 .735 3.6 1.6 .9 .3 13.5
2011–12 Dallas 61 40 25.3 .411 .361 .826 3.4 2.3 .9 .4 10.1
2012–13 Dallas 81 3 25.8 .435 .406 .816 4.1 2.4 .9 .5 13.4
2013–14 Dallas 81 0 24.4 .407 .394 .821 3.5 2.6 .8 .4 11.9
Career 1148 950 34.2 .442 .378 .799 4.9 3.7 1.1 .6 20.2
All-Star 7 5 18.0 .477 .375 .600 2.6 1.9 .9 .1 10.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000 Toronto 3 3 39.7 .300 .100 .871 6.0 6.3 1.0 1.3 19.3
2001 Toronto 12 12 44.9 .436 .410 .784 6.5 4.7 1.7 1.7 27.3
2005 New Jersey 4 4 44.8 .365 .316 .861 8.5 5.8 2.3 .0 26.8
2006 New Jersey 11 11 40.9 .463 .241 .796 7.0 5.3 1.8 .5 29.6
2007 New Jersey 12 12 40.6 .396 .389 .693 6.8 5.3 .9 .6 22.3
2010 Orlando 14 14 34.4 .402 .235 .826 4.2 2.3 .9 .2 15.5
2012 Dallas 4 0 26.8 .293 .300 .750 5.5 .3 1.2 .5 8.3
2014 Dallas 7 0 27.1 .456 .484 .786 3.6 2.4 .4 .3 12.6
Career 67 56 38.1 .413 .330 .787 5.9 4.0 1.2 .7 21.3

See also[edit]

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