Vince Carter will always be a unique figure in NBA history. Many fans will remember his 22 year odyssey in the NBA because of his incredible dunking performance in the 2000 Slam Dunk contest during All-Star weekend and his infamous “Dunk of Death” over Frederic Weis in the 2000 Olympics.
As time has gone on, Carter’s longevity has made him a legend of the game. One of his former teammates, Matt Barnes called him the most gifted teammate he ever had in his career in the NBA based on the time they played in Orlando during the 2009-10 season.
What made Barnes’ statement so surprising is because he played with Hall of Famers like Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, and Allen Iverson.
While it’s widely believed that Bryant, O’Neal and Iverson had better careers, Carter accomplished what very few players in NBA history could do by adapting to the current style of play.
The former lottery pick finished with career averages of 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while being named to eight All-Star teams.