The man of many nicknames, Vince Carter, is returning to play for the Atlanta Hawks for his 22nd NBA season. The one-year contract is fully guaranteed and worth $2.56 million.
Carter, 42, has spent the past decade in the twilight of his career. During that time, he has averaged between 17 and 27 minutes per game, with scoring averages between seven and 13 points per game. His career can practically be split into half as two different careers: one as a franchise star and perennial all-star and the other as a veteran rotation player.
Last season with the Hawks, Carter averaged 17.5 minutes, 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. The current Hawks rebuilding process has exceeded expectations, with both point guard Trae Young and power forward John Collins cementing themselves as all-star locks for years to come. The leadership of Carter is felt through the organization, as he’s asked to play quality minutes well into his 40s.
This past August, Carter announced the 2019-2020 NBA season would be his last. With Carter resigning, the 22-year veteran will be the first player in NBA history to appear in four different decades.
Carter has appeared in 1,481 games to this point, with career averages of 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals in 30.7 minutes per game. He enjoyed early success, being selected to eight all-star teams in his first nine seasons, with his last all-star selection being in the 2006-2007 season.
Carter has played for eight teams, accumulating 25,430 points with the Hawks, Toronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings. “Air Canada” will be remembered as one of the best in-game dunkers of all-time, practically making a career out of living above the rim.