Vince Carter became the first NBA player to play in four different decades when he dressed up for the Atlanta Hawks in January 2020. He played for eight teams, won eight All-Star games, and earned various nicknames for his acrobatic dunks. Carter retired in 2020 with 25,728 points and several NBA records.
On January 4, 2020, when Vince Carter dressed up for the Atlanta Hawks for a regular season NBA game against the Indiana Pacers, one of the league’s most prolific and acrobatic dunkers made professional basketball history.
The 43-year-old became the first NBA player to play in four different decades. The former Rookie of the Year made his first game with the Toronto Raptors in 1998 and finished his career 22 seasons later with 25,728 points. Sadly, Carter’s swan song in the league was only short-lived, as the Covid-19 pandemic forced the NBA to suspend play in March.
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Carter played in eight All-Star games and won the annual dunk contest in 2000. In addition to Atlanta and Toronto, the shooting guard has played for New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis and Sacramento.
His penchant for spectacular dunks has earned him a variety of NBA nicknames, including “Air Canada”, “Half-Man/Half-Amazing” and “Vinsanity”.
Carter is one of six players in NBA history to average at least 20 points, four rebounds and three assists per game in 10 consecutive seasons. He is also one of only six to post over 24,000 points, 6,000 rebounds, 2,500 assists, 1,000 steals and 1,000 three-pointers.