93 Facts About Vince Carter


Vince Carter primarily played the shooting guard and small forward positions, but occasionally played power forward later in his NBA career.


Vince Carter was an eight-time All-Star and a two-time All-NBA Team selection.


Vince Carter is the only player in NBA history to play as many as 22 seasons and in four different decades, from his debut in 1999 to his retirement in 2020.


Vince Carter was the scoring leader on the 2000 United States Men's Olympic Basketball Team where the USA defeated France to win the nation's twelfth Men's Basketball Olympic gold medal.


Vince Carter has been ranked as the greatest dunker of all time by numerous players, journalists, and by the National Basketball Association.


Vince Carter was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors, who traded him to the Toronto Raptors.


Vince Carter emerged as a star in Toronto as he won the 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year Award and the Slam Dunk Contest at the 2000 NBA All-Star Weekend.


Vince Carter represented the United States in the 2000 Summer Olympics, where he won a gold medal.


Vince Carter played for the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, and Atlanta Hawks.


Vince Carter 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.


Vince Carter played football as a quarterback until a broken wrist in his freshman year forced him to switch to volleyball.


Vince Carter led Mainland's basketball team to its first Class 6A state title in 56 years, and was a 1995 McDonald's All-American.


Vince Carter was contacted by 77 NCAA Division I schools but ultimately chose North Carolina over Florida.


Vince Carter attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Vince Carter is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.


Vince Carter played three seasons of college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels under Dean Smith and later Bill Guthridge.


In May 1998, Vince Carter declared for the 1998 NBA draft, following his classmate Jamison, who had declared earlier that spring.


Vince Carter was initially drafted by the Golden State Warriors with the fifth overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft.


Vince Carter was then immediately traded to the Toronto Raptors for the fourth overall pick, Antawn Jamison on draft night.


Vince Carter was instrumental in leading the Raptors to their first-ever playoff appearance in 2000 before going on to lead them to a 47-win season and their first-ever playoff series win in 2001, advancing them to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.


Vince Carter quickly became a fan favorite with a soaring offensive game that earned him the nickname "Air Canada".


Vince Carter won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award after averaging 18.3 points and throwing down countless highlight-reel dunks.


Vince Carter subsequently earned his first NBA All-Star selection and was named to the All-NBA Third Team.


Vince Carter scored 50 points in Game 3 and set an NBA playoff record for most three-point field goals made in one game.


In Game 7, Vince Carter missed a potential game-winning shot with 2.0 seconds remaining.


Vince Carter started in 60 games and averaged 24.7 points per game.


On December 7,2001, Vince Carter recorded 42 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals against the Denver Nuggets.


Vince Carter was voted into the 2002 NBA All-Star Game, but he could not participate due to injury.


In February 2003, Vince Carter gave up his starting spot in the 2003 NBA All-Star Game to Michael Jordan to allow Jordan to make his final start as an All-Star.


Vince Carter continued to receive similar treatment for years to come in the town that once embraced him.


On November 6,2012, in an interview with TSN Radio 1050, Vince Carter reiterated his love for the city and his appreciation for the Toronto Raptors organization.


The next day, Sam Mitchell and Rob Babcock revealed on Sportsnet 590, The Fan that the night before Vince Carter was traded to New Jersey, Vince Carter phoned Mitchell to express his desire to stay in Toronto.


An emotional Vince Carter used his warm-up shirt to wipe tears running down his face as he pointed to his heart and waved to the fans in appreciation.


Vince Carter was acquired by the New Jersey Nets on December 17,2004, playing five seasons for them before departing in June 2009.


Vince Carter produced some of his highest numbers with the Nets, surpassing his 23.4 points per game with the Raptors to average 23.6 points per game over his tenure in New Jersey.


Vince Carter missed just 11 games in his four full seasons and helped lead the Nets to three straight playoff runs between 2005 and 2007.


Vince Carter joined a Nets team with Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson as the leading players.


Vince Carter helped lead the Nets to the second round of the playoffs before losing to the eventual NBA champions Miami Heat in five games.


Vince Carter averaged 29.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 11 playoff games.


On November 7,2005, Vince Carter threw down a very memorable dunk against the Miami Heat, over defensive stalwart, Alonzo Mourning.


On December 23,2005, Vince Carter set an NBA record for the most free throws made in a quarter with 16 against Miami.


Vince Carter tied his career-high of 51 points in the same game.


Vince Carter finished with 46 points, a career-high 16 rebounds, and 10 assists.


In July 2007, Vince Carter re-signed with the Nets to a four-year, $61.8 million contract.


Vince Carter was credited for becoming a leader following the All-Star break.


Vince Carter hit a 29-foot, game tying three-pointer to send the game into overtime and then scored the winning basket in the extra period.


On June 25,2009, Vince Carter was traded, along with Ryan Anderson, to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Rafer Alston, Tony Battie and Courtney Lee.


On December 18,2010, Vince Carter was acquired by the Phoenix Suns along with Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus, and a first-round draft pick in 2011 NBA draft in exchange for Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Earl Clark.


Vince Carter reached 20,000 career points during the game, becoming the 37th NBA player to reach that plateau.


Vince Carter appeared in 51 games with 41 starts, averaging 13.5 points while shooting 42 percent.


On December 12,2011, Vince Carter signed a three-year contract with the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks.


Vince Carter turned aside a Sacramento rally in the third quarter by going 5 of 7 from long range and scoring 17 of Dallas' last 21 points in the period.


Vince Carter ended the night with 21,796 career points for 29th on the all-time list, five ahead of Bird.


Vince Carter became the 11th NBA player with at least 1,600 3-pointers.


Vince Carter finished the season ranked 27th on the NBA's all-time scoring list with 22,223 career points.


On March 16,2014, against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Vince Carter raised his career total to 23,010 points, becoming the 27th NBA player to pass the 23,000-point mark with a 3-pointer with 2:17 left in the third quarter.


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


Vince Carter moved into 25th in all-time NBA scoring during the game, passing Robert Parish.


On February 24,2016, with nine points scored against the Los Angeles Lakers, Vince Carter passed Charles Barkley for 24th in career points scored.


Vince Carter became the 24th player in NBA history to surpass 24,000 career points.


Vince Carter passed Charles Oakley for 24th on the NBA's career games played list with 1,283.


Vince Carter became the first 40-year-old in NBA history to hit six triples in one game.


At 40 years, 46 days old, Vince Carter became the oldest player to start an NBA game since Juwan Howard in April 2013.


On July 10,2017, Vince Carter signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Sacramento Kings.


Vince Carter missed seven games early in the season with a kidney stone.


Vince Carter shot 10-of-12 from the field in 30 minutes off the bench, with his 83 percent shooting marking the second highest percentage of his career.


Vince Carter became the oldest player in NBA history to score 20+ points at 41 years and 337 days old, breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record by 6 days.


On February 7,2019, against the Raptors, Vince Carter passed Jerry West for 21st on the NBA's all-time scoring list.


At 42, Vince Carter became the oldest player in NBA history to play at least 45 minutes in a game.


Vince Carter thus surpassed Reggie Miller for 20th on the all-time scoring list, passed Jamal Crawford for sixth on the all-time 3-point field goals made list, became the oldest player to shoot seven 3-pointers, and broke his own record of being the oldest player to score 20+ points in a game at 42 years old.


On September 20,2019, Vince Carter re-signed with the Hawks and played his first game on October 24,2019, making his 22nd season official.


Four of Vince Carter's teammates were born after he was drafted in 1998.


On January 22,2020, Vince Carter moved past Alex English for 19th on the NBA all-time scoring list.


On January 31,2020, Vince Carter moved up to 3rd place in all-time NBA games played with 1,523 passing Dirk Nowitzki in the process.


On March 11,2020, against the New York Knicks, Vince Carter returned to the floor in the final seconds of the game, making a three-pointer in what would be his final game.


Vince Carter officially announced his retirement from the NBA on June 25,2020, over a month before the scheduled resumption of play on July 30, where the Hawks had not been invited to compete.


Vince Carter played for head coach Kelvin Sampson on the United States men's national under-19 team at the 1995 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup in Athens.


Vince Carter performed one of the most memorable dunks of his career when he jumped over 7-foot-2-inch French center Frederic Weis.


Vince Carter admitted he channeled his frustrations in his personal life and Tracy McGrady leaving the Raptors before the Olympics.


Vince Carter replaced Kobe Bryant on the USA roster for the 2003 FIBA Americas Tournament while Bryant was undergoing surgeries on his knee and shoulder.


Vince Carter was offered the Olympic spot but chose instead to take time off during the summer to rest and heal, as well as to get married.


Vince Carter opened a restaurant named for himself in Daytona Beach in 2010.


Vince Carter signed a sponsorship deal with Puma prior to his first NBA season, and his first signature shoe, the Puma Vinsanity, was released.


On September 17,2020, ESPN announced that Vince Carter had signed a multi-year contract with them, serving as an NBA and college basketball analyst.


Vince Carter is the only player in NBA history to appear in a game in four different decades.


Vince Carter is one of six players in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists per game in 10 straight seasons.


Vince Carter is one of six players in league history to record 24,000 points, 6,000 rebounds, 2,500 assists, 1,000 steals and 1,000 3-point field goals.


Vince Carter married Ellen Rucker, a chiropractor, in July 2004; the couple divorced in 2006.


Vince Carter is married to Sondi Vince Carter, an NASM trainer.


Vince Carter has donated to his high school, Mainland High School, and he established charitable foundation, The Embassy of Hope, upon being drafted into the NBA in 1998.


On February 3,2007, a statue of Vince Carter was unveiled at Mainland.


Vince Carter visited with the Duquesne University men's basketball team in Pittsburgh as a show of support after five of its players were shot in September 2006.


Vince Carter is the second cousin once removed of basketball player Tracy McGrady, whose grandmother was the sister of Vince Carter's step-great-grandfather.