Vince Carter Says it is ‘Possible’ for Him to Compete in 2017 Dunk Contest

by October 18, 2016

Vince Carter continues to defy age and gravity, and thinks he’d make this season’s NBA Dunk Contest an “interesting” one.

Half-Man Half-Amazing established his legend by winning the 2000 event, but isn’t so sure he’d able to take the crown now.

Carter, 39, remains a valuable contributor for the Memphis Grizzlies in a limited role.

Per the Commercial Appeal:

Carter, 39, is entering his 19th NBA season in the last year of a three-year deal with the Griz. His mind is as open as (Griz coach David) Fizdale’s to an indiscriminant role. The slam dunk champion-turned-three-point-gunner won’t have a defined position, yet he is expected to be in Fizdale’s rotation.


“I’m OK with that. I’ve prepared myself to be that guy,” Carter said. “It’s a role I embrace. With that, comes responsibility and I like that. (Playing time) is going to vary from game to game I’m sure. Some games will be big minutes. Some games will be shorter minutes. The bigger picture is, when I’m on the floor, to do my job.”


Carter will earn slightly more than $4 million this season. The Griz can waive him at any time but would owe Carter $2 million. His 40th birthday is in late January – roughly midway through the season – but there are no indications that the Griz plan to part with the likely Hall of Famer. […] Carter is ahead of Charles Barkley (23,757) and just behind Allen Iverson (24,368) with 23,969 points on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Carter averaged 6.6 points and shot 35 percent from three-point range for the Griz during the 2015-16 season.

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