Vince Carter officially announced the end of his career after a record 22 seasons on the NBA. 43-year-old Atlanta Hawks player has already announced that this will be his last year of performances.
He is the first player to appear in the NBA for three decades. He played in 1541 matches, which means that he ranks third on the list of all time. Only the famous Robert Parish (1611) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1560) are ahead of him.
He began his adventure with the NBA in 1998 at Toroto Raptors, though the Golden State Warriors team chose him in draft number five. He then represented New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks, where he spent the last two seasons. He scored a total of 25,728 points, which gives him 19th place in the all-time ranking.
The team “Jastrzębi” did not qualify for the competition in Florida, where 22 teams will resume on 31 July after a break of several months due to a coronavirus pandemic.
“I am finishing my career officially, but in my residence, I will continue to play basketball in private,” said a player who has long received proposals from television stations to act as an analyst at NBA matches.
Carter played 43 matches this season, including the last meeting on March 11. He then scored his last throw, but the Hawks lost after extra time with the New York Knicks. He scored 5.8 points on average, had 3.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists.