Vince Carter

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Vincent Lamar Carter Jr. (born January 26, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player who serves as a basketball analyst for ESPN. He primarily played the shooting guard and small forward positions, but occasionally played power forward later in his NBA career. He was an eight-time All-Star and a two-time All-NBA Team selection. He 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.[1][2] He 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. He entertained crowds with his leaping ability and slam dunks, earning him nicknames such as "Vinsanity", "Air Canada", and "Half Man, Half Amazing".[lower-alpha 1] He has been ranked as the greatest dunker of all time by numerous players, journalists, and by the National Basketball Association (NBA).[3][4][5][6] In addition to his dunking prowess, he was a prolific three-point shooter, making the seventh most three-point field goals in league history.[7]

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Vince Carter
Carter in 2013
Personal information
Born (1977-01-26) January 26, 1977 (age 46)
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolMainland (Daytona Beach, Florida)
CollegeNorth Carolina (19951998)
NBA draft1998: 1st round, 5th overall pick
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Playing career1998–2020
PositionShooting guard / small forward
Number15, 25
Career history
19982004Toronto Raptors
20042009New Jersey Nets
20092010Orlando Magic
2010–2011Phoenix Suns
20112014Dallas Mavericks
20142017Memphis Grizzlies
2017–2018Sacramento Kings
20182020Atlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points25,728 (16.7 ppg)
Rebounds6,606 (4.3 rpg)
Assists4,714 (3.1 apg)
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Men's basketball
Representing the Flag_of_the_United_States.svg United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place2000 SydneyTeam Competition
FIBA Americas Championship
Gold medal – first place2003 San JuanTeam Competition

A high school McDonald's All-American, Carter played college basketball for three years with the North Carolina Tar Heels and twice advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. He was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors, who traded him to the Toronto Raptors. 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. He represented the United States in the 2000 Summer Olympics, where he won a gold medal. In December 2004, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets, where he continued his offensive success. He also played for the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, and Atlanta Hawks. He received the Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award in 2016.

Off the court, Carter established the Embassy of Hope Foundation, helping children and their families in Florida, New Jersey and Ontario. 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.