Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Vince Carter is coming back for one more year with the Atlanta Hawks. The eight-time NBA All-Star and former 5th-overall pick will play in his 22nd-year in the NBA. Carter is known for his high-flying dunks and winning the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 2000.
With Carter playing in the 2019-2020 season, it will be the most seasons played in NBA history by a player. Making Carter pass Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnet, Kevin Willis and Robert Parish. Carter will also become the first player in the history of the NBA to appear in a game in four different decades. Wojnarowski also says Carter will retire after his 22nd-year in the NBA.
Carter was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the 1998 NBA draft but was then immediately traded to the Toronto Raptors. Carter is most known for his time with the Raptors has he was nicked named “Air Canada”. Carter also has played for the New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and the Hawks in his career.
With Carter’s time in Sacramento and Atlanta, he played a crucial role in developing their young cores. This season he looks to build on the development that he started with Trae Young, John Collins and Kevin Huerter last season with the Hawks. While now helping in the development of rookies De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish and Marcos Louzada.
Carter has appeared in 1481 NBA regular season games, averaging 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals in 30.7 minutes played per game. Carter has appeared in 88 NBA playoff games, averaging 18.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 34.5 minutes played per game.