It’s been rumored that the former Slam Dunk Contest winner Vince Carter still has some miles left in the tank. He proved those rumors right, shooting 100% for 24 points in a victory against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night. Here’s how the future hall of famer in his 19th NBA season:
“Air Canada” joined some elite company on Monday night. With his 20-point performance, he became one of six players in history to record that many points at the age of 40 or older, and the first to do so since Jordan in 2003. (Kareem, Stockton, Jordan, Malone, Parish are the other five on that list). Back in September of last year Carter was asked where he was in terms of retirement:
“I just love to play. It’s not out of me yet. When I don’t want to play and put the work in, that’s when I step away from the game, but right now I still love it.”
23rd on the NBA’s all time scoring list, Vince has recorded 24,441 career points in 1,333 games played. Looking to stretch his career to 20 seasons, he has shown no signs of stopping yet. In his 19th season of the NBA, Vince Carter is averaging 7.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 23.6 minutes per game.
The victory against the Bucks was Carter’s first starting role in a game since April of 2016. He may only be coming off the bench, but he’s been great as a role player for the Grizzlies. In 58 games played, he has recorded 21 games with double-figures in points. In his three seasons with the Grizzlies, he’s averaging his highest in points, rebounds, and three-point percentage.
A man on a mission, Carter is a player that knows no bounds when it comes to limits. After scoring his most points since February of 2013, Vince Carter turned back the clock after we all moved them forward. Here’s to (at least) two more seasons of Vinsanity.
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