June 11, 1958 |
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Middletown (Middletown, Ohio)|
|NBA draft||1980 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers|
|Number||24, 12, 7|
|1980–1981||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1984–1985||New York Knicks|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||3,137 (8.7 ppg)|
|Rebounds||546 (1.5 rpg)|
|Assists||683 (1.9 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Carter played as guard at Indiana University from 1976–1980 and graduated with a degree in Marketing. There, he was notable for hitting the game winning shot in the 1979 NIT championship game, vs. Purdue, earning him the tournament's MVP award, alongside teammate Ray Tolbert.
Carter was named Co-Captain as a senior and led the team to the 1980 Big Ten Championship. He was the first guard to lead the Big Ten field goal percentage.
Carter was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2nd round of the 1980 NBA Draft. He played a total of six years in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers (1980–1981), Indiana Pacers (1981–1984), New York Knicks (1984–1985), and Philadelphia 76ers (1985). He averaged 8.7 points per game over the six seasons. He held the NBA record for most points in an overtime period (14) for twenty years until surpassed by Earl Boykins. 
From 1986–1988, after leaving the NBA, Carter returned to his alma mater Middletown High School. There, he improved the team from a previous losing record to an (18–3) record. He was acknowledged for this two year turnaround by being named Ohio Basketball High School Coach of the Year. Carter is the only person to be named both Player and Coach of the Year in the state of Ohio.
In the 1997–1998 season, Carter served as an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors under Darrell Walker. He was promoted to the head coach position mid-way through the 1997–1998 season after Walker led the team to a franchise low (11–38) record. Carter finished the remainder of the season with a (5–28) record. During the Shortened 1998–99 NBA season, Carter coached the Raptors to a (23–27) record, improving the team's winning percentage by .308 from the all-time franchise low (16–66) season. Carter developed a reputation for developing young players, such as Rookie of the Year and NBA All-Star Vince Carter, and eventual NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady. In 1998 Carter was known as one of the first coaches to use statistical modeling in player evaluations.
In the 1999–2000 season, Carter coached the Raptors to their first winning season, with a (45–37) record, resulting in the team's first playoff appearance. Carter's turnaround of the Raptors from a franchise-worst dismal (16–66) record to a (45–37) record and a playoff berth in two and a half seasons was a great success. He became the first coach in NBA history to take a team from less than 20 wins to the playoffs in less than two years. However, the playoff berth was short lived as the Raptors were eliminated in the first round by the Knicks.
Head coaching record
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win-loss %|
|Post season||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win-loss %|
|Toronto||1997–98||33||5||28||.152||8th in Central||–||–||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|Toronto||1998–99||50||23||27||.460||6th in Central||–||–||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|Toronto||1999–2000||82||45||37||.549||3rd in Central||3||0||3||.000||Lost in First Round|
- "Athletic Hall of Fame: Induction Year 1998". Middletown City Schools. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved March 13, 2006.
- Tolliver, Melanie (2002). Indiana University Basketball. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1-58261-579-9.
- "NCAA Division I Men's Basketball – NIT History and Quick facts". CBS Sportsline. 2002. Archived from the original on April 27, 2006. Retrieved March 14, 2006.
- "Regular Season Records: Points". Retrieved February 10, 2009.
- "Smallest Player the Biggest in Clutch". Retrieved February 10, 2009.