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Vince Carter
Vince carter magic v raptors.jpg
Orlando Magic  – No. 15
Born January 26, 1977 (1977-01-26) (age 33)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Salary $16,123,250[1]
College North Carolina
Draft 5th overall, 1998
Golden State Warriors
Pro career 1998–present
Former teams Toronto Raptors (1998–2004)
New Jersey Nets (2004–2009)
Awards NBA Rookie of the Year
NBA All-Star
All-NBA Second Team
All-NBA Third Team
NBA All-Rookie First Team
NBA Slam Dunk Champion

Vincent Lamar "Vince" Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently a shooting guard/small forward for the Orlando Magic.

Born in Daytona Beach, Florida, Carter was a McDonald's All-American basketball player in 1995, out of Mainland High School in Daytona Beach.[2] After high school, he spent three seasons playing basketball at the University of North Carolina, before entering the 1998 NBA Draft. He won the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, in which he competed alongside his third cousin and then-teammate, Tracy McGrady.[3] He became the third player to lead the NBA All-Star Game fan voting three or more times, after Michael Jordan and Julius Erving,[4] and helped lead the Toronto Raptors to three consecutive playoff appearances. In 2004, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets. In 2009, Carter, along with Ryan Anderson, was traded to the Orlando Magic.


Collegiate career

In 1995, Carter began playing college basketball at North Carolina under Dean Smith and later, Bill Guthridge. During the 1997–1998 season, he was a member of new coach Guthridge's successful "Six Starters" rotation with Antawn Jamison, Shammond Williams, Ed Cota, Ademola Okulaja and Makhtar N'diaye.[5]

Carter also became a pioneer of the Internet during his collegiate career. In 1995, Carter became the second collegiate athlete, after teammate Shammond Williams, to have a website dedicated to him.[6]

NBA career

Toronto Raptors (1998–2004)

In 1998, Carter was drafted by the NBA's Golden State Warriors with the fifth overall pick, and then traded to the Toronto Raptors for the fourth overall pick, Antawn Jamison, his college teammate and good friend.[7] His first agent was National Football League super agent William "Tank" Black who was later sent to prison in connection with money laundering and other charges. Carter's rookie season was the shortened 50-game 1999 season, after the NBA locked out its players in 1998–99. Carter started almost every game for coach Butch Carter, averaged 18.3 points per game (ppg), and eventually won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.[8] The next year, Carter was selected to an All-Star Team for the first time, averaged 25.7 ppg, made the Third Team All-NBA, and showcased his athleticism and dunking abilities in the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. He won the contest by performing an array of dunks including a 360° windmill, a between the legs bounce dunk, and an "elbow in the rim" dunk (also known as a "cookie jar" dunk or the "honey dip").[7] Though he never competed in the dunk contest again for safety purposes, Carter was voted into the Eastern Conference NBA All-Star Team starting lineup several times through fan balloting.[9]

In Carter's first two seasons, he and his distant cousin Tracy McGrady formed a formidable one-two punch as Raptor teammates. The two led the Raptors to their first playoff berth in the 2000 NBA Playoffs, but they were swept in the first round by the New York Knicks, in 3 games. Upon McGrady's departure to the Orlando Magic the following season, Carter became the Raptors' franchise player.

In 2000–01, his third season, Carter averaged a career-high 27.6 ppg, made the Second Team All-NBA, and was voted in as a starter in the 2001 NBA All-Star Game, while the Raptors finished the regular season with a franchise-record 47 wins. In the playoffs, the Raptors beat the New York Knicks 3–2 in the first round, and advanced to the 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals, where they took the Philadelphia 76ers to a decisive seventh game. On the morning of the day of Game 7, May 20, 2001, Carter attended his university graduation.[10] In that game, Carter missed a game-winning shot with 2.0 seconds remaining,[11] and afterwards, he was criticized for his decision to attend his graduation by media and fans.

In the summer of 2001, Carter signed a $94 million, six-year extension with the Raptors.[12] In addition, Carter announced that he would be hosting a charity basketball game featuring fellow NBA stars that would be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on August 3, 2001. The success of the first game encouraged Carter to make the game an annual summer event.

The next season was an injury-riddled one for Carter. He started in 60 games and he averaged 24.7 ppg. He was voted into the 2002 NBA All-Star Game, but he could not participate due to injury. The Raptors did not fare well without their All-Star player. The team lost 17 of 18 games to drop to 30–38, then won 12 of their last 14 to finish at 42–40. Carter was injured during the 2002 NBA Playoffs, and his team was defeated in the first round by the Detroit Pistons, in 5 games.

During the 2003 NBA All-Star Game, as a sign of respect, Carter gave up his starting All-Star spot to the Washington Wizards' Michael Jordan to allow Jordan to make his final start as an All-Star.[13]

During his Raptors tenure, Carter developed jumper's knee[14] in his left knee. In the 2004 off-season, Carter became frustrated with the Raptors' management and asked to be traded. During the 2004–05 season, Carter posted a career-low 15.9 ppg on slightly reduced playing time,[15] before his eventual trade.

New Jersey Nets (2004–2009)

Carter made it clear in the 2004 off-season that he wanted to be on a contender but was unclear in his response, when asked by the media if he wanted to be traded. On December 17, 2004, Raptors General Manager Rob Babcock traded Carter to the New Jersey Nets for Alonzo Mourning, Eric Williams, Aaron Williams and two future first-round draft picks.

In early January 2005, he stated during a television interview with TNT's John Thompson to not giving effort in his last months as a Raptor; when asked if he always played hard, Carter replied, "In years past, no. I was fortunate to have the talent. You get spoiled when you're able to do a lot of things. You see that you don't have to work at it."[16] Though Carter's comments were perceived by Raptors fans as his confession to not giving his all as a Raptor,[17] Thompson said the comments were misinterpreted, saying, "That boy never said to me, 'Coach, I just laid down and quit.' ...I was embarrassed and felt awful about it for his sake, because I knew what he was communicating to me. I think he was more expressing a desire of wanting to do better, as we all do."[18] Despite Thompson's defense, publications including Sports Illustrated, the Toronto Star and have included pieces condemning Carter for offering a lacklustre effort in his last season as a Raptor.[19][20] The Toronto Star's Dave Feschuk wrote that Carter "cheated on (the Raptors). He quit on the floor."[21], and Carter is still booed by Raptors fans each time he has returned to play in Toronto.[22]

In the 2005–06 NBA season, he co-led the Nets to 49 wins, an Atlantic Division title, and the number three seed in the playoffs, while averaging 24.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. He led the Nets to the second round of the playoffs before losing to the eventual NBA champions Miami Heat in five games. Carter averaged 29.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 11 playoff games.

Vince Carter during the 2005-2006 season.

On February 1, 2007, Carter was named, along with teammate Jason Kidd, as a reserve to the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, after losing out on a starting spot to Gilbert Arenas by 3,010 votes.[23] Both Carter and Kidd made their eighth All-Star game appearance.[24]

In a 120–114 overtime win over the Washington Wizards, April 7, 2007, Carter and Jason Kidd became the first teammates in over 18 years to record triple-doubles in the same game since the Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen achieved this feat against the Los Angeles Clippers in 1989. Carter finished with 46 points, a career-high 16 rebounds, and 10 assists. Kidd finished with 10 points, tied a career-high with 16 rebounds, and tied a season-high with 18 assists. Carter's triple double is the second highest total for a triple double, second only to Alvan Adams of the Phoenix Suns who tallied 47 points and 18 rebounds over 30 years ago.[25]

After the Nets were eliminated from the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers (lost series 4–2), rumors of the Nets trading Carter again arose. After the New York Knicks and Nets discussed a trade around February of Carter (which was ended with the trading deadline), the two teams again revisited the subject. Carter, who opted out of his contract on June 30, reportedly wanted a three-year, $60 million deal however, which the Knicks were wary of. On July 1, 2007 Carter signed a 4-year, $61.8 million contract with the Nets.[26]

On January 24, 2008, the Nets played on the road against the Golden State Warriors. The game was broadcast on TNT, and at the half-time show, Magic Johnson claimed that Carter's game was on the decline due to chronic injuries to his knees.[27] This was proven to be unfounded as Carter had hurt his ankle in an October game against the Boston Celtics which would hinder him throughout the 2007–2008 season. Hampered by injuries, Carter was not named as one of the reserves for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game.[28] This marked the first time in his NBA career Carter was not named as an All-Star since his rookie season, when the game was canceled due to the NBA lockout. Despite playing with an ankle injury, Carter finished the season strong with averages of 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists after the All-Star break.[29] He was one of only three NBA players, along with LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, to average at least 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the year, with averages of 21.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. He led the Nets in freethrow percentage, assists and steals per game (81.6%, 5.1, 1.2).[30] Rod Thorn credited Carter for becoming a leader since the All-Star break, and said he believed that Carter could lead the Nets back to the playoffs the following year.[31] Carter's injury was confirmed after undergoing a successful arthroscopic ankle surgery in the off-season.[32]

For the 2008–09 season, Carter was voted team captain, a title that had been given to Jason Kidd for the previous 6 years.[33]

Orlando Magic (2009-present)

Carter going for a dunk against his former team, Toronto

On June 25, 2009, the day of the NBA Draft, Carter was traded to the Orlando Magic with Ryan Anderson for Rafer Alston, Tony Battie and Courtney Lee.[34]

Carter made his Orlando Magic regular season debut on October 28, 2009 against the Philadelphia 76ers at home, and recorded 15 points and 2 assists to help the Magic defeat the Sixers.

On February 8, 2010, Carter scored a season-high 48 points in a 123-117 win against the New Orleans Hornets, including 34 points in the second half to help rally the Magic back from a 17-point deficit. [35]

2000 Summer Olympics

Olympic medal record
Men's Basketball
Gold 2000 Sydney United States

During the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Carter performed a memorable dunk when he jumped over 7-foot-2 (2.18 m) French center Frédéric Weis. Carter stole the ball, sprinted, took off—legs spread in midair, and hit Weis's head as he bent over to avoid the collision, before slamming the ball. Teammate Jason Kidd said it was "One of the best plays I've ever seen." The French media later dubbed it "le dunk de la mort" ("the Dunk of Death").[36] The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal that year.

Awards and achievements

  • 8-time NBA All-Star selection: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 (did not play in 2002 due to injury)
  • 2-time All-NBA:
    • Second Team: 2001
    • Third Team: 2000
  • NBA Slam Dunk Champion: 2000
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team: 1999
  • NBA Rookie of the Year Award: 1999
  • The Sporting News NBA Rookie of the Year: 1999[37]

NBA playoff records

  • Co-holds NBA playoff record for most three-point field goals made in one game with 9 (May 11, 2001 vs. Philadelphia 76ers, Eastern Conference Semifinals)
  • Holds NBA playoff record for most three-point field goals made in one half with 8 (same game as above)
  • Holds NBA playoff record for most consecutive three-point field goals made in one game with 8 (same game as above)
  • Holds NBA playoff record for most consecutive three-point field goals made in one half with 8 (same game as above)[38]

New Jersey Nets franchise records

  • Holds for most three-point field goals made in one game with 9 (December 11, 2006 vs. Memphis Grizzlies)
  • Holds for most points scored in one season with 2,070 (2006–07)
  • Holds for most consecutive 20 or more point games with 23 (2005–06).
  • He is the first Net to score at least 2,000 points in a single season. (2006–07)[39]

Career highs

  • Points – 51 (2 times)
  • Field Goals Made – 20 vs. Milwaukee 01/14/00
  • Field Goals Attempted – 36 @ Philadelphia 01/21/01
  • Three Point Field Goals Made – 9 vs. Memphis 12/11/06
  • Three Point Field Goals Attempted – 20 vs. Memphis 12/11/06
  • Free Throws Made – 23 @ Miami 12/23/05
  • Free Throws Attempted – 27 @ Phoenix 12/30/00
  • Offensive Rebounds – 8 vs. Chicago 11/05/05
  • Defensive Rebounds – 13 (2 times)
  • Total Rebounds – 16 vs. Washington 04/07/07
  • Assists – 14 @ Milwaukee 01/09/09
  • Steals – 6 (3 times)
  • Blocks – 6 vs. Chicago 03/28/99
  • Minutes Played – 63 vs. Sacramento 02/23/01[15]

Video game, TV and film appearances

  • Appeared on the cover of NBA Live 2004.[40]
  • Appeared on the cover of NBA Inside Drive 2002.[41]
  • Appeared in the 2002 film Like Mike, where the fictional Los Angeles Knights had to beat Carter and the Toronto Raptors in order to gain the 8th seed in the playoffs.
  • Appeared in Fabolous' 2002 music video for "This Is My Party", and Glenn Lewis' 2003 music video for "Back for More".

Personal Life

He has donated to his high school, Mainland High School as well as to his foundation, The Embassy of Hope. On February 3, 2007, a statue of Carter was unveiled at the school.[42]

Carter visited with the Duquesne University basketball team in Pittsburgh as a show of support after its shooting incident in September 2006.[43]

He sold his condo in Toronto to former Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher A. J. Burnett for $2.8 million. He took a loss of $700,000 due to all the upgrades. It is a 10-room luxury condo with sweeping views of Lake Ontario and Toronto's skyline in an exclusive building on Queens Quay.[44] He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, and displays the organization's hand signals on court.[citation needed]

When Carter joined the Nets, he lived in Saddle River, New Jersey, where he joined a bowling league in with then teammate Jason Kidd.[45]

Carter was married to Dr. Ellen Rucker. The former couple’s relationship really bloomed when they met again at the wedding of Carter’s former North Carolina teammate and NBA star Antawn Jamison. On July 3rd, 2004, Ellen and Vince tied the knot in Palm Beach Florida. In 2006, Ellen and Vince filed for divorce, just two years after they were married. Dr. Ellen Rucker is a doctor of chiropractic medicine and owns Rucker Chiropractic Center in Lancaster, South Carolina. They have one daughter, Kai Michelle Carter. [46] born on June 1, 2005.[9]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

1998–99 Toronto 50 49 35.2 .450 .288 .761 5.7 3.0 1.1 1.5 18.3
1999–00 Toronto 82 82 38.1 .465 .403 .791 5.8 3.9 1.3 1.1 25.7
2000–01 Toronto 75 75 39.7 .460 .408 .765 5.5 3.9 1.5 1.1 27.6
2001–02 Toronto 60 60 39.8 .428 .387 .798 5.2 4.0 1.6 .7 24.7
2002–03 Toronto 43 42 34.2 .467 .344 .806 4.4 3.3 1.1 .9 20.6
2003–04 Toronto 73 73 38.2 .417 .383 .806 4.8 4.8 1.2 .9 22.5
2004–05 Toronto 20 20 30.4 .411 .322 .694 3.3 3.1 1.2 .8 15.9
2004–05 New Jersey 57 56 38.9 .462 .425 .817 5.9 4.7 1.5 .6 27.5
2005–06 New Jersey 79 79 36.8 .430 .341 .799 5.8 4.3 1.2 .7 24.2
2006–07 New Jersey 82 82 38.1 .454 .357 .802 6.0 4.8 1.0 .4 25.2
2007–08 New Jersey 76 72 38.9 .456 .359 .816 6.0 5.1 1.2 .4 21.3
2008–09 New Jersey 80 80 36.8 .437 .385 .817 5.1 4.7 1.0 .5 20.8
Career 777 770 37.7 .447 .376 .796 5.5 4.3 1.2 .7 23.5
All-Star 7 5 20.7 .477 .375 .600 2.6 1.9 .9 .1 10.1


1999–00 Toronto 3 3 39.7 .300 .100 .871 6.0 6.3 1.0 1.3 19.3
2000–01 Toronto 12 12 44.9 .436 .410 .784 6.5 4.7 1.7 1.7 27.3
2004–05 New Jersey 4 4 44.8 .365 .316 .861 8.5 5.8 2.2 .0 26.8
2005–06 New Jersey 11 11 40.9 .463 .241 .796 7.0 5.3 1.8 .6 29.6
2006–07 New Jersey 12 12 40.6 .396 .389 .693 6.8 5.3 .9 .6 22.3
Career 42 42 42.2 .418 .332 .780 6.9 5.2 1.5 .9 25.9

See also


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  2. ^ "McDonald's All American Alumni" (pdf). McDonald's. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  3. ^ Sheppard, Robert (1999-04-26). "Raptors' Skywalker Cousins". Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  4. ^ DuPree, David (February 5 2002). "Jordan, Carter again fan favorites in All-Star voting". USA Today. 
  5. ^ Vince Carter, North Carolina
  6. ^ Origin of the Blue Heaven Pages
  7. ^ a b Velasco, Dennis. "Vince Carter Player Profile". About Basketball. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  8. ^ "Rookie of the Year". Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  9. ^ a b "Vince Carter Info Page – Bio". Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  10. ^ "Carter gets his diploma". 2001-05-20. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  11. ^ "Philadelphia Rapts Up Series With Toronto". 2001-05-20. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  12. ^ "SI's 2001-02 NBA Preview: Toronto Raptors". 2001-10-29. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  13. ^ Zeisberger, Mike (2004-12-18). "Vince's wild ride". Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  14. ^ "Vince Carter out four weeks". 2007-11-22. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  15. ^ a b "Vince Carter Info Page – Career Stats". Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  16. ^ "Ex-teammates surprised at comments". 2005-01-08. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  17. ^ "How our love for Vince Carter turned to hate". 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  18. ^ BASKETBALL; For the Nets' Carter, A Personal Playoff Push - New York Times
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  21. ^ Feschuk, Dave (Apr 21 2007). "Conditions are there for Vince to break hearts". Toronto Star. 
  22. ^ Zicarelli, Frank (December 16 2008). "Carter thrives on being villain". Toronto Sun. 
  23. ^ "Arenas edges Carter for starting nod; LeBron is top pick". 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  24. ^ "Jason Kidd and Vince Carter named to 2007 Eastern Conference All-Star Team". Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  25. ^ "Kidd, Carter match feat not done since Jordan, Pippen in 1989". 2007-04-07. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  26. ^ NY Post: Knicks Want Vince Carter - FanHouse - AOL Sports Blog
  27. ^ Top 5 of Inside #1: Vince Carter's Decline., 2007-01-25. Retrieved on 2007-01-26.
  28. ^ Two Hometown Hornets Named as Reserves for 2008 NBA All-Star Game., 2007-01-31. Retrieved on 2007-01-31.
  29. ^ Vince Carter - New Jersey Nets - Split Statistics - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
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  31. ^ Rod Thorn views Vince Carter as playoff team leader for Nets
  32. ^ NETS: All-Access Online: Carter Takes the Lead
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  35. ^ "Vince Carter scores 48 points to rally Magic past Hornets, 123-117". Associated Press. February 10, 2010.,0,5423139.story. 
  36. ^ Hench, Kevin (2006-11-30). "Top 10 'Best Damn' dunks". Fox Sports (USA). Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  37. ^ "Vince Carter – NBA Players". Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  38. ^ "Playoff Records: 3-pt Field Goals – Game". Retrieved 2007-04-25. 
  39. ^ "Nets Notes" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-04-25. 
  40. ^ NBA Live 2004 cover art
  41. ^ NBA Inside Drive 2002 cover art
  42. ^ Mainland High School :: Listed Calendar. Retrieved on April 9, 2007.
  43. ^ "NBA Star Visits Duquesne To Support Shooting Victims". 2006-09-26. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  44. ^ "Vince Carter buys Toronto lakefront condo: report". 2001-05-26. 
  45. ^ Iannazzone, Al. "Kidd, Carter bond thanks to bowling", The Record (Bergen County), October 22, 2005. Accessed May 8, 2007.
  46. ^ "About Vince – Biography". Retrieved 2008-06-09. 

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